tv President Trump Japanese Prime Minister News Conference CSPAN June 7, 2018 11:51pm-12:26am EDT
policy issues that impact you. reed willning, tom discuss immigration and trump administration trade policy and california democratic congressman ted lieu will talk about the upcoming summit in singapore. watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 eastern friday morning. join the discussion. during a joint news conference with japanese prime minister abe at the white house president trump talked about the upcoming north korea summit. prime minister abe talked about japanese abductees held in north korea. pres. trump: thank you very much.
today i'm greatly honored to welcome my good friend prime minister abe of japan to the white house. over the past 16 months the prime minister and i have worked closely together to address common challenges of which there are many, seize opportunities and advance the interest of our nations. today we have had another deeply productive and very valuable discussion. we have developed not only a strong working relationship over the last year and a half, specifically 503 days, but a great personal friendship. i was honored by the tremendous hospitality the prime minister showed me when the american delegation went to japan last year. it was really something very special. and we had the prime minister and mrs. abe as our guest at
mar-a-lago in palm beach. the steadfast alliance between japan and the united states is an enduring force of peace and stability in the pacific region and around the world. from the beginning of my administration, the prime minister and i have been working to expand our cooperation in a range of areas, including defense and commerce. which is what we discussed today. as i prepare to meet next week with kim jong-un, and i want to bring up the fact that the prime minister and also president moon of south korea were extremely helpful, cooperative, and would like to see something happen, being a great for north korea, south korea, being a great for japan, the united states and the world. our partnership has been invaluable in reaching this important moment and we will
continue to be in very close communication in the weeks ahead, including the issue of japanese abductees, which i know is of great personal importance to prime minister abe. i hope the upcoming meeting in singapore represents the beginning of a bright new future for north korea, and indeed a bright new future for the world. the denuclearization of the korean peninsula would usher in a new era of prosperity, security and peace for all koreans, north and south, and for people every where. prime minister abe and i are also working to improve the trading relationship between the united states and japan, something we have to do. the united states seeks a bilateral deal with japan that is based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity. we're working hard to eliminate our trade imbalance. review our exports and to achieve a fair and mutually beneficial economic
partnership and we're on our way. the prime minister was telling us just moments ago that they are buying billions and billions of dollars of additional products of all kinds. military, jets, airliners from boeing, lots of farm products. we're going to be doing a lot more business with japan, which is what everybody wants to see. there's never been a better time to invest in the united states. thanks to our massive tax cuts, historic deregulation, a strong trade policy, which has just really begun because i'll tell you over the years it's been an extraordinarily weak trade policy, the opening of american energy and a return to the rule of law, our economy is absolutely booming, best it's ever been. unemployment is at the lowest level in nearly half a century, and for african-american and hispanic-american unemployment
has reached its lowest level. we welcome japanese businesses to open new plants in the united states. the prime minister said that will happen. we want auto plants going into michigan, pennsylvania and ohio and many of our states that have them and some that don't an they will be doing that. japan has also remain a critical partner in our efforts to promote a free and open pacific region where sovereign nations uphold the rule of law, respect the rights of their neighbors and honor the interests of their people. these core prems allow diverse nations to thrive and prosper all together in one beautiful peaceful atmosphere. we're all happy about it. it's what's happening now. prime minister abe it's a true
privilege to work with you, my great friend. i want to thank you for being here at the white house for our meetings today. so productive. i'm also very proud to say that the bonds between our nations are stronger than ever before, and i know that together we can unlock incredible new opportunities, achieve new prosperity and ensure the safety and security of our citizens for a very, very long time to come. and that's what we intend to do. thank you very much. thank you, mr. prime minister. p.m. abe: mr. president, i am so grateful to you for this meeting that you offered with great hospitality at such a busy time as the g7 summit and u.s.-north korea meetings are upcoming. i also would like to express my
appreciation to the people of the united states for always warmly welcoming us as your ally. in five days u.s.-north korea summit is to take place. first of all, i would like to pay my deep respect to the outstanding leadership of president trump, as he made this decision that no past presidents were ever able to accomplish. in the last 18 months we really spent many hours to discuss this issue. we shall never repeat the past mistakes. while this thought is completely shared between us, we're able to witness a historic talk which will take place shortly. today with president trump, our discussion was focused on issue of north korea.
what should we do as we approach the upcoming north korean summit as well as peace and stability for northeast asia after the summit? on this topic we took a good amount of time and carried out in depth and exchange of views. i'm not able to talk about the details of what we discussed, but one thing i can say is that japan and the united states are always together. i strongly hope that this historic summit in singapore be a resounding success. there is a beautiful port town mikata facing the sea of japan. a mere 13-year-old girl living there was abducted by north korea. 45 years have passed since then
during which time family members single-mindedly prayed for her return and kept on waiting. the parents became old, remaining time is slipping away. it is the long held desire of the japanese people to have her and all of the abductees come home so that the parents, while they are healthy can embrace the girl and other abductees again in their arms. of course, i wish to directly face north korea and talk with them so that abduction problem be resolved quickly. to this end, i am determined to take all possible means. on behalf of the citizens of japan i would like to thank president
trump and the people of the united states for their understanding and support towards the resolution of the abduction issue. japan will continue to ask for complete implementation of the successive united nations security council resolutions. there's no changes at all for japan's policies to seek comprehensive solution of the abduction, nuclear and missile programs to realize real peace in the northeast asia. this is what japan strongly hopes for. now, a major step forward is about to be taken. donald, president trump, you are about to make a new history. not only japan but the whole
international community is strongly looking forward for the united states-north korea summit to open doors towards passengers stability of the northeast asia. north korea abounds with rich natural resources. north korea has a diligent workforce. if north korea is willing to take steps towards the right direction, north korea can see a bright future ahead for itself. japan, based on the japan-north korea pyongyang declaration is prepared to settle the unfortunate past to normalize our diplomatic relations and to provide economic cooperation. japan wishes to play the role as much as possible, donald. i value highly your strong commitment to world peace and prosperity. in closing, i wish to add that japan stands ready to make every effort to assist you for the success of the u.s.-north korea summit. thank you.
pres. trump: i appreciate it. so, we'll take a few questions. if we can start. >> mr. president, on the subject and i have a question for the prime minister as well. on the subject of north korea how far your willing to go in term of economic security political guarantees with kim. your willing to move down the road to normalize relationships, normalize relations with north korea as the prime minister suggested he was willing to. you teased us out here last week that you might sign a peace deal and what was in the letter? pres. trump: well, the letter was just a greeting. it was very nice, perhaps i can get approval to put it out. it was a very nice letter, warm letter and i appreciated it very much.
nothing other than we look forward to seeing you and we look forward to the summit, and hopefully some wonderful things will work out. so really it was a very warm, very nice. we appreciated it. i think, john, that we are going to -- we're going to have great success. i don't think it will be in one meeting. i think it will take longer than that. this has been going on for many, many decades. this is something that should have been solved by other presidents as i said often before. long before this point. they waited until the last second and they shouldn't have waited. this should have been solved by many others. i'm not saying just president obama, i'm saying other presidents. long time ago this could have been solved in a lot easier manner and a lot less dangerous manner. but it wasn't. so i'll solve it. we'll get it done. as far as the prime minister is concerned, we will agree and have agreed that we're going to
be helping if the deal is done, we're going helping north korea. we'll be working with china. we'll be working with south korea. president xi of china has been terrific. the border has been certainly more closed than ever before. i would like them to close it more. but it's more closed than ever before. china has never worked with us this way and, you know, i give them a lot of credit. as you know we're in a dispute as to the imbalance of trade. it's a massive imbalance in china's favor. it's been that way for many decades and it should also have been handled by previous presidents. but it wasn't. so we'll handle that too. but i give president xi tremendous credit and i give president moon tremendous credit. he really would like to see something happen. they've been living with the threat of war from their beginning and it doesn't make sense. and i really believe that kim jong-un wants to do something. i think he wants to see something incredible happen for the people of north korea. so we have a lot of great opportunities right now.
shouldn't have waited to this point, but we have a lot of great opportunities. john, please. >> mr. president would you be willing to go so far as to normalize relations with north korea and what about the idea of signing some sort of an agreement on the 12th to end the war? pres. trump: we could sign an agreement. it's the first step. it's what happens after the agreement that really is the big point. yes, we could absolutely sign an agreement. we're looking at it. we're talking about it with them. we're talking about it with a lot of other people. but that could happen. but that's really the beginning. sounds a little bit strange but that's probably the easy part. the hard part remain after that. >> normalizing relations? pres. trump: normalizing relations is something i expect to do, i would hope to do when everything is complete. we certainly hope to do that. i know prime minister abe and president moon have told me very strongly that they are going to go and they will help them
economically tremendously. japan has a tremendous stake and so do they. we on the other hand are very far way. we're very, very far away. i believe japan will be helping. i believe china will help economically. china wants to see something very good happen, very positive happen. and certainly south korea has already stated their intentions, they will be very helpful. there are a lot of good factors lined up for north korea. a lot of tremendous factors that give it tremendous potential. it has tremendous potential because the people are great. and we would certainly like to see normalization. yes. >> prime minister abe, if i could address you as well. we know how important an issue the abductees is for you, president trump said it at mar-a-lago during your last meeting it's an important issue for him. did you get an assurance from president trump he would address both of those in his first meeting with kim?
p.m. abe: today we have full knowledge of discussion with president trump, good amount of discussion. on the issue of abduction, i was able to have a detailed discussion and i think president trump fully understands the situation with japan. last year president trump visited japan. on that occasion he met with families of abductees. i told you about the 13-year-old girl abducted. the mother of this girl met with president trump and very seriously he intently listened to the voices and views of the family members. so president trump, amongst the
world leaders, i think he is one of the leaders who understands the issue the most, greatest. so at the upcoming summit the importance of abductee abduction would be explained to mr. kim jong-un. what about the medium-range missiles? as i said earlier on in my statement the security council's resolution must be implemented. all weapons of destruction these are words used in the mission of the security council. northeastward, the security council resolution must be completely implemented. on this point between japan and u.s. and international community share the same view. i'm convinced about it. thank you. next question please. >> i have a question for president trump as well as the prime minister.
you have not used the language of denying the largest pressure on north korea but your continuing with the sanction and the denuclearization you will be asking before that and what is the deadline for the denuclearization and my question to prime minister is how to apply pressure to north korea and the tone of the language. are you in agreement, complete agreement with the united states? p.m. abe: president trump has stated we're implementing sanctions and those sanctions are strong sanctions. he also stated that until north korea takes the action, the sanctions won't be lifted and japan is in full agreement and japan's position is perfectly in alignment with the united states. and in our summit meeting this
time, we had in depth discussion with president trump as to how we should respond to north korea and as for the future policy on north korea, inclusive of the u.s.-north korea summit meeting, we have detailed coordination aligning our positions. as i have already mentioned, japan and the united states are always together. jan and the united states will be in full alignment to seek success for the historic u.s.-north korea summit meeting in singapore. pres. trump: yes. thank you very much. maximum pressure is absolutely an effect. we don't use the term any more because we're going into a friendly negotiation. perhaps after that negotiation i will be using it again. you'll know how well we do with the negotiation. if you hear me say we're going to use maximum pressure, you'll know the negotiation did not do well.
frankly. there's no reason to say it. we in the meantime haven't removed any sanctions. we have a list of over 300 massive in some cases sanctions to put on north korea and i've decided to hold that until we can make a deal because i really believe there's a potential to make a deal and i just don't think it's nice going in under those circumstances. but yes the campaign hasn't changed. china has continued to hold the border. we again would like them to do more in that sense, but they've been really good and the president has been very good. but maximum sanction is there. we're leaving all of the existing sanctions on. we have many, many sanctions to go but i don't want to use them unless it's necessary and i don't think it will be necessary but we'll soon know. okay. thank you. sager. where is sager. daily caller.
>> thank you, mr. president. i have a question for the prime minister as well. mr. president, you said repeatedly that you are willing to walk away from the negotiations if they don't do well. under what exact conditions would you be walking away from that summit and if the summit does go well will you invite north korean leader kim jong-un to the united states? pres. trump: the answer is yes to the second part of your question, certainly if it goes well and i think it will be well received. i think he would look at it very favorably. i think that could happen. all i can say is i'm totally prepared to walk away. i did it once before. you have to be able to walk away. if you can't walk away -- we didn't walk away from the horrible iran deal that was signed and if you look at what's happened since i signed that deal, iran and in all fairness i say it with great respect for the people of iran, iran is acting a lot differently. they no longer are looking so much to the mediterranean. they are no longer looking so
much to what's going on in syria, what's going on in yemen and lots of other places. they are much different country over the last three months. and, again, i say that with hope that maybe something can happen. but when you mentioned sanctions, we're putting sanctions on iran, the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. including, frankly, north korea. that would have been the next phase if we did it or find it necessary to do. but nuclear to me is always first. and we're going to be fine with respect to iran. but we also, sager, got something out of it that's very important. a lot of the people that write about this, some of whom i have great respect for but they haven't picked it up, iran is not the same country that it was a few months ago.
they are much, much different group of leaders and i hope at some point they will come to us and we'll sit down and we'll make a deal that's good for them and good for us and good for everybody and it will being a great for iran. i expect it to be -- i want to it being a great for iran. but if they would have walked our side from some of the horrible provisions that you know as well as i do and probably everybody sitting here know, we could have had a great deal. nothing wrong with the deal. but there's something wrong with that deal. we had a great opportunity to make a phenomenal deal. so i am totally prepared to walk. it could happen. maybe it won't be necessary. i hope it won't be necessary to walk because i really believe that kim jong-un wants to do something that is going to being a great for his people, and also great for his family and great for himself. okay. thank you very much. >> sir, if you do invite him to the white house or to the united
states will it be here at the white house or mar-a-lago? pres. trump: maybe we'll start with the white house. what do you think? >> mr. prime minister, you are the only major world leader not to have a sit down or a planned sit down with kim jong-un. you've hinted in your address today you would be willing to do so on the matter of abductees. do you have any plans currently to do so and would it be focused solely on abductees or would you be willing to have a separate denuclearization discussion with kim jong-un without the united states? thank you. >> of course, on the issue of abduction we have to resolve this problem. without the administration this is the highest priority. and if anything contributes to
that resolution, if the talk leads to the solution of the problem between u.s. and north korea, or between japan and north korea, meetings, we wish to have on the issue of abduction in the final analysis. chairman kim jong-un and between me, between japan and north korea, the problem has to be solved. of course japan, for japan nuclear issue very important. nuclear issues, missile issue, regarding these issues, at the u.s. and north korea summit meeting, first and foremost i'm hopeful for the progress, and then on the issue of abduction, we will collaborate with the u.s. and the international community and japan ourselves must talk directly with north korea in the final analysis. i'm determined about that.
>> thank you. prime minister abe, i have question to prime minister as well as president trump. starting with prime minister, you have already mentioned to a certain degree on the abduction issue in order to hold japan-north korea summit. the premise is that you need to obtain results for the abduction issue. what kind of concrete pathway are you envisioning to hold for the summit meeting? in your meeting with president trump today, have you asked president trump to raise the question of abduction at the u.s.-north korea summit meeting in singapore? next is my question to president trump. you have -- kim jong-un has maintained his position that abduction issue is something that already has been resolved. so what kind of explanation has been given to the united states
on abduction issue from north korea to u.s. via consultations and how should we approach north korea in order to seek solution for the abduction and what did you convey to the prime minister today in this regard? pres. trump: well, you know, i can speak first, because i can tell you on the prime minister's behalf, he very much talked about abduction. it was preeminent in our conversations. he talked about it long and hard and passionately. and i'll follow his wishes and we'll be discussing that with north korea, absolutely. absolutely. prime minister, go ahead. p.m. abe: i would like to close
-- as president trump as mentioned already, i explained on the abduction issue once again. i have conveyed to him the wish of the families of the abductees and president from once again has stated that the abduction issue will be raised at the upcoming u.s.-north korea summit. korea the u.s.-north summit meeting, i would like to refrain from mentioning this at japan'scture, but resolutions were explained at length and president trump has given his understanding and promised that the issue would be brought up in singapore. i am delighted of this. i would like to closely work with president trump on
solutions to the issue. itself needs to have direct consultations with north korea. i have not changed my resolve in doing this. results,s decision and what will be conducive to solve the abduction issue, of course i will have to think about the summit meeting. if we are to have the summit , the solutions to all these issues must be resolved, and i hope that we will be able to realize the summit meeting which would lead to a solution of the problems. but first and foremost we need to seek advancement. japan and u.s. should closely
cooperate with each other so we will be able to see great success for the historic u.s.-north korea summit meeting. japan would like to give all our efforts and support. thank you. pres. trump: i would like to close by paying my highest respect and regards and love, frankly, i have gotten to know him very well, to the warmbier family, the incredible family of otto warmbier, who was a brilliant, beautiful, terrific, young man. and he has not died in vain, i can tell you that, he has not died in vain. so to the warmbier family, our love and respect. also, i'd like to say that we were tremendously successful in getting our three hostages back. and i'm very thankful to the cooperation that we received
from north korea. and the three united states citizens are now very happily ensconced in their homes with their families. they are very happy. they didn't think this was going to happen. and, frankly, it would never have happened, but it has. so i just want to wish them well, also. they had a tough journey. but i really respect the fact that we are able to work with the north korean folks and get them out. they are well engrained already. they told me they are now going out to movies and dinner. they are back. they are back in our country. and it's a terrific thing. i believe we are going to have a terrific success, or a modified success, but in one form or another, if it all goes, and things can happen between now and then, but i know many of you are going. and i look forward to seeing you there. i look forward to traveling with
you. it's a long way. but i really believe that we have the potential to do something incredible for the world. and it's my honor to be involved. thank you very much. thank you. thank you. [applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] >> world leaders will
participate in the official welcome ceremony at the 2018 g7 summit in canada. live coverage begins friday at 11:45 a.m. eastern on c-span 3. you can also follow on c-span.org or the free c-span radio app. in the afternoon, president trump and prime minister trudeau will meet at the g7. live coverage begins at 4:45 p.m. eastern on c-span. secretary of state mike pompeo talked about some of the goals for next week's summit with north korea. he was also asked by white house reporters about remarks made by rudy giuliani about north korean leader kim jong-un. >> good afternoon. thanks for being patient with us. obviously, there is a great deal of interest on the upcoming summit with the north koreans. we have secretary pompeo here who will make some brief opening