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♪ >> uc president trump on a four-day state visit to japan. he and the first lady were greeted by the japanese emperor and empress. the president and the japanese prime minister met on a number of issues of concern between the two countries. earlier today, they held a joint news conference in tokyo with two u.s. and two japanese journalists asking questions of
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the leaders, who just met over a working lunch in the palace. >> ladies and gentlemen, the prime minister of japan and the president of the united states.
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>> we would like to commence the joint press conference with prime minister abe and president donald trump. in the beginning, prime minister abe will speak, which will be followed by the remarks by president trump. prime minister, the floor is yours. may, hisrst of imperial majesty, the emperor, succeeded to the throne and now we have the new era. , ithe dawn of the new era is the utmost pleasure that i'm able to welcome president trump and melania as our first state
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guests in the era. they are my dearest friends. for myself and for my wife. with president trump we have the summit at the white house. next month, you will be visiting japan again -- he will be visiting japan again to come to the g20 summit. because of the peace and security legislation, u.s. and japan have become an alliance where we can help one another. a bond that has become rocksolid. very closethe personal relationship with donald, the bond of u.s. and japan alliance has become unshakable, the closest in the whole world. era, u.s. and japan
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must lead for the peace and prosperity of the region and international community as genuinely global partners. and visit of the president madam trump to japan is a golden opportunity to clearly show the unshakable bond between the whole world and inside japan as well. i would like to express my gratitude to the friendship of president trump and madam first lady. at the summit talk today, bearing in mind the latest north korean situation, we spent a good amount of time in better aligning our policies. the positions of japan and the united states in this regard are completely on the same page. president trump and madame melania continue to meet the
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victims,mbers of the just like two years ago when they visited japan. they encouraged and gave comfort to the members of the victims. to the revolution of the most important issue, at the earliest possible timing, it is what i'm hoping for and i'm determined that i hope to face jim and kim jong-un myself directly without any conditions. i will meet with the chairman. i would like to have discussions frankly and complete candor -- in complete candor. president trump expressed strong support to my determination as such by saying that he would support me totally and would not spare any effort in assisting me. continuously, we will have the close cooperation between the two countries.
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we look towards the early resolution of the issue. we will act resolutely. in today's summit meeting, we welcomed the study process of process in the pacific, including areas such as energy, digital, and infrastructure. walk forward, we will hand-in-hand and promote the cooperation for the realization of this common vision of our two nations. .e will be promoting the idea concernedountries like australia and the u.k. and france, we will fortify the cooperation to the realization of a free and open pacific. we will enhance and expand our efforts. we agreed on that. president trump came to the
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office. japanese companies decided on new investments to the tune of $24 billion to the united states. thereby creating 45,000 new jobs . bearing tax reform that the thatdent collected and to automotive and energy related japanese companies are making investments in pennsylvania, ohio, michigan, alabama, and kentucky, and others. they have decided to make new investments. most in thebuting u.s. economy are the japanese companies. month sinceonly one the last summit talks in a short . in a short span of one month, japanese complete increased
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their investment to the united states by $1 billion. with this vigorous investment appetite, japanese companies are deciding to make investments to the united states one after another. u.s. and japan's economic relationship is developing and a modality of a win-win situation. following the joint statement of , proceedingst year with discussions, and i welcome the discussions. in today's talks between myself we shouldent trump, based onarly outcome the relationship between our two nations. we shall accelerate the piece of discussion -- pace of discussion. next month at the summit,
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president trump -- i'm going to welcome him. looking forward to it. for the successful g20 summit. u.s. and japan cooperation is indispensable. i will continue to collaborate closely with president trump. yesterday, i was able to talk with president trump on a variety of issues in a relaxed atmosphere like a game of golf, watching sumo wrestling, as well as the dinnerware our spouses joined. the friendship and trustful relationship was even more enhanced. joy shown bye of the crowd that i witnessed in the stadium as well as the frenzied excitement of the ialeral public one president cup was handed to the champion, indeed a new page was added to
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the prestigious history of sumo. donald, i think you very much. tomorrow, together with - sident trump, i will go to make a visit and show the strong bond of the u.s. and japan alliance of japan and the world. lastly, once again, i would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to donald and madame melania for honoring us with your visit to japan as the first state guests of the new era. thank you. trump of thet united states, the floor is yours. pres. trump: prime minister abe, the first lady and i are profoundly honored to turn to this very beautiful nation as japan's first state guests
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following the enthronement of his majesty, the emperor. on behalf of the united states, we want to think the imperial family for this gracious invitation and warm welcome. it was really wonderful. melania and i are thrilled to be back in the land of the rising sun. it is a true privilege to take part in the splendor of this historic moment and to witness an ancient japanese tradition as you begin the new imperial era. we look forward to seeing the new emperor continue his father's extraordinary legacy. yesterday, malala you and i were delighted to join you -- melania and i were delighted to join you at a sumo tournament. always wanted to see a sumo tournament. so true. they are bigger and stronger than i even thought. very impressive. a new national arena where i presented the first ever u.s. president's cup to the sumo
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grand champion. that was something. this morning, we participated in a magnificent welcome ceremony with their majesties, the emperor and empress, at the grand imperial palace. japan's time-honored customs and exquisite culture fill us with a deep sense of admiration. i want to thank all of the people of japan for welcoming us to this week and sharing a beloved heritage. it is truly an incredible heritage. this visit has also been a chance for prime minister abe and me to strengthen our close friendship and the friendship between our two nations. the alliance between the united states and japan is a cornerstone of stability and prosperity in the region and all around the world. the prime minister and i continue our close consultation in pursuit of peace and security on the korean peninsula.
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the essence of our approach is peace through strength. this is a strong alliance indeed. the u.s.-japan alliance is steadfast and ironclad. we want peace, and we want stability. we continue to hope that chairman kim seizes the opportunity to transform his country to denuclearization. tremendousntry with economic and other potential. the united states also remains committed to the issue of abductions, which is a top priority for prime minister abe. earlier today, i met for the second time with a group of japanese families have suffered the thinkable heartbreak of having their loved ones objected by north korea. the united states will continue to support japan's efforts to bring these abductees home. our nations are also cooperating on a number of other vital
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security issues. the united states supports japan's efforts to improve its defense capabilities in recent months, we have greatly expedited the sale of large amounts of defense equipment to japan made in the united states. make the best equipment in the world. in 2018, japan was one of the world's top purchasers of the american defense equipment, and it has just announced its intent to purchase 105 brand-new f-35 stealth aircraft. stealth because the fact is you cannot see them. this purchase would give japan the largest f-35 fleet of any u.s. ally. america and japan's close security tires are grounded in shared values. our armed forces train and serve together all around the world. tomorrow, i will visit american troops stationed alongside the japanese self-defense courses right here in japan.
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on behalf of all americans, i want to think the japanese people for graciously hosting our service members and military families. the united states and japan are also working to improve our economic relationship based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity. we are currently negotiating a bilateral trade agreement that would benefit both of our economies. our goal is to reduce our trade deficit with japan, remove trade barriers and barriers of all kind so that u.s. exports will really have a fair and very profound footing. just over one week ago, u.s. access tofull japanese markets for the first time since 2003. we hope to have even more to announce on the trade very, very soon. finally, today i'm pleased to confirm that prime minister abe and i have agreed to
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dramatically expand our nations's cooperation in human space exploration. japan will join our mission to send u.s. astronauts to space. going to the moon. going to mars very soon. very exciting. from a military standpoint, there is nothing more important right now than space. this is an exciting starting point for greater collaboration on many other things. with perp prime minister, our visit this week is a moving reminder of the strength of the u.s.-japan alliance and the deeper chip between our people. it is a profound honor to be in japan at this important moment in your nation's history. for this new imperial era. your nation has chosen the name meaning beautiful harmony. america shares this wonderful aspiration for the future, and i look forward to continuing my tremendous partnership as we
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work together to bring this noble vision to life. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. now, the floor is open for accepting questions. japanese media first followed by the press entourage accompanying the president. japanese person, please raise your hand and be recognized by me. pres,ng the american ms. sanders will decide the questions. first, the questions from the japanese media please. >> i have a question to prime minister abe on abductions. japan, korea summit meeting. do you think the problem will be resolved in a one-time
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meeting with chairman kemp or do you have to go to multiple meetings in order to seek solutions? by what timeframe would you like to realize the summit talk? is it going to happen by the end of this year? in that case, could there be discussions involving the u.s. as well? >> regarding the relationship with north korea, first of all, i have to note the fact that president trump cracked open the shell of this. chairman kim jong-un shared a bright future beyond the denuclearization and urging north korea to act. it is a new approach. i would like to pay tribute to his new approach. most important thing is the solution of the abduction issue, i have tons that directly seek chairman kim face to face without attaching any conditions.
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frankly andnd then i must have discussion and complete candor. -- in complete candor. the summit today, president trump expressed that he will get all out support. he will spare no effort in rendering assistance to my efforts. it was a very strong support. president trump and family members of objected victims had a meeting. president trump would look into the eyes of the family members directly, and he was listening to these remarks very seriously. we have to resolve this abduction issue. this is the thought that i have, which was shared by president trump. once again, looking toward the resolution of the abduction issue, i would like to pay tribute and gratitude to the
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lavish understanding and support. now, including the points that you asked on the topic of the summit talk between japan and north korea, as of now, there is no goal in sight. the japan-north korea declaration, we want to solve compressive issues, pending issues like objection, nuclear missiles. we must come to terms with the unfortunate past and must normalize the diplomatic relations. this line is unchanged. abduction issue is the most important issue for the abe and ministration. family members of abductees. i have aesident, certain term your question implied. also, a one-time meeting can resolve the issue, you asked.
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irrespective of my term in office, i have to do everything i can, all out efforts of myself for the resolution of this issue. as prime minister, i have responsibility as such. going forward, i will discharge this responsibility. in order to do that, as the prime minister, day in and day out, i will do my best and all out efforts. first united states question will go to vivian of "the wall street journal." >> thanks, sarah. mr. president, prime minister. mr. president, i hope you will indulge me two questions since we are far from home. the first one is if kim jong-un is not violating his comments to
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you by firing small weapons as you said in your tweet yesterday, what would you consider a violation exactly? pres. trump: first of all, let me say kim jong-un or chairman kim as some people say is looking to create a nation that has great strength economically. i talked to him a lot about it. fact very much into the that he believes like i do that north korea has tremendous economic potential. like perhaps few other developing nations anywhere in the world. i think that he is looking to develop that weight. he knows that with nuclear that will never happen. only bad can happen. he understands that. he is a very smart man. he gets it well. going to try at some point -- i am in no rush at all. the sanctions remain. we have our hostages back. we come as you know, are getting the remains,
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continuing to get the remains. there has been no nuclear testing for two years. i look at a chart the other day. during the past administration, there were many numbers that were very high like 10, 12, 18 having to do with missile launches and nuclear testing. for the last two years on the bottom, it had zero and zero. so i'm very happy with the way it is going. intelligent people agree with me. >> not bothered at all by the small missiles? pres. trump: no i'm not. i am personally not. >> one more question for me last week, you the clarity will not work with democrats until they stop in vista getting you. how will you explain to the expense of some of the promises you made to them? pres. trump: there has never been a president more transparent. the robert mueller report came out, no obstruction, no collusion, no nothing. a dutiful report. the democrats cannot understand what happened. they really thought they had it set because the people doing the
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investigation were 18 extremely angry democrats. many of who worked for hillary clinton and supported hillary clinton. robert mueller, i guess you could say he was not a friend of mine, but he did something that was the right thing to do. they were very disappointed. they cannot get over the fact that i never spoke to russia, never dealt with russia, having to do with the subject we are talking about. and i will say this. without question, we have done a job like few presidents have done. the only thing you can say about me that some people may not like is i have created one of the greatest economies anywhere in the world. in fact, when i first met yesterday with prime minister abe, the first thing he did was congratulate me on the incredible economy that we have in the united states. so i think that we will work with them. we have a usmca. we have a deal with canada and mexico that everybody wants. it is all done. i think they probably want to be
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doing that. as you know, ambassador lighthous the ambassador is hert now. unions love it. farmers love it. manufacturers love it. don't want to have companies leaving and going to mexico and canada like they were for many years. it is a great deal. i imagine nancy pelosi will approve that. it would be very hard not to, but we will see. as things get approved, i would love to sign them. it is only good for our country. i am only interested in what is good for our country. very much. >> thank you, mr. president. mr. prime minister, i hope you will indulge me with two questions since i am far from home. did you get any assurances for president trump that he will not impose tariffs on cars or auto parts six month from now? i want to hear this answer, too. in. abe: well, last year september, between president trump and i agreed on joint
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statements including auto and auto parts currently based upon the joint statement in september. the minister and ambassador are discussing and talking about this matter. so we agreed to accelerate the talk as such. that was the agreement i reach with president trump. >> my second question. pres. trump: that is about four. i think probably that is enough. your compatriots will not be happy with another question. thank you very much. once again, a question from japanese media, please. i have a question to prime minister of eight about the u.s. trade agreement. before the election, there are some voices of anxiety expressed from some trade organizations. now, the tariff level, the
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maximum that you can have on tariffs is that the same as tpp. is that unchanged? now regarding the calendar, and the getting of the talk, in august there could be a major statement, announcement. prime minister, that was the comment of president trump. do you agree with him? in today's talks, what was the timeframe? what was the scheduling of the matters between the u.s. and japan trade friction or trade debate is happening. what was the outlook on that relationship as for japan. is there any mitigating role japan can take? p.m. abe: two questions i guess. last year in september, president trump and i agreed on the joint statement. that, the minister vigorouslydor are
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conducting discussions and talks. the minister and ambassador, quiten them, i feel in-depth discussions were held. trump, we agreed to let us accelerate the talks between the ministers. so we have a joint statement, and that must be the ground premise upon which we must create win-win results, which would be beneficial to both nations. that is my thinking. now, next point of question. trade negotiations. i think that was the question. relationship, respectively, they occupy the number one and number two powerful economic position of the world. between the two countries, stable economic relationship is
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built. that would benefit not only japan, but the asian countries and through the whole world. it is very important that there be an economic relationship. thata view as such, i hope continuously the u.s. and china will go through dialogue in order to seek constructive solution of the problem. president, we issues.d economic economy was something that we also addressed. there are a variety of challenges in the global economy we discussed in today's talk. pres. trump: i would like to add that very important lee, i have nothing to do with tpp. ok? i am not bound by anything anybody else signs with respect to the united states.
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tpp would have destroyed our automobile industry and many of our manufacturers. we are not involved in tpp so what other countries agree to is not binding at all in the united states. as far as china is concerned, they want to make a deal. i think they probably would have made the deal before it was negotiated. we are not ready to make a deal. we are taking in tens of billions of dollars in tariffs. that number could go up very substantially, very easily. but i think sometime in the future, china and the united states will absolutely have a great trade deal. we look forward to that. ok. thank you. >> united states, second question goes to jeff of reuters. thank you, sarah. i will ask two questions if i can. first is a follow-up entree.
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can you lay out specifically mr. president what japan needs to do to avoid auto tariffs? before you come back to the g20 in another month or so, do you expect talks with china to get back on track at all? pres. trump: first of all, getting to the g20, i think that we are very much discussing different things with japan. we have an unbelievably large imbalance. as you know, trade imbalance which has been there for many years. japan having the big advantage. they are brilliant businesspeople, brilliant negotiators. and put us in a very tough spot. but i think we will have a deal with japan. likewise, i think we will have a deal with china sometime into the future. many company's are leaving china right now because of the tariffs. china is subsidizing a lot of industry because foolishly some people said that the american taxpayers paying the tariffs. no, it is not that way.
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they are paying a small percentage, but our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars. our farmers, out of all of that money, the tens of billions of dollars, we are giving a relatively small percentage to our farmers who have really been a focal point of what has gone on with trade. as you know, they earmarked and have got after the farmer, thinking if they hurt the farmer, i'm going to negotiate a bad deal for the rest of the country. i tell you, the american farmers, these are patriots, great patriots. they don't want subsidies. we have had meetings. i had meetings with 32, 35, 40 farmers. one time, numerous times. and they do not want subsidies. i told that to you before, jeff. they want a level playing field. that is all they want because they are better than anybody in the world. they told me. i said i will get you a subsidy while china takes advantage of us and china takes advantage of you by pinpointing you. they said, we don't want subsidies, sir. all we want is a level playing
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field. the american farmer, these are great patriots. they are unbelievable people. and they are with me 100%. i believe that we will have a very good deal with china sometime into the future because i don't believe that china can continue to pay these hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs. i don't believe they can do that. businesses are leaving china by the hundreds, by the thousands, going into areas that are nontariff, including the united states by the way. they are going to different parts of asia. vietnam. frankly, japan. but they are going to a lot of places. but they are also coming to the united states because people do not want to pay the tariffs. if you look, there is no tariff to pay. all you have to do is move your company to the united states. there is not 15% tariff. with all of that being said, there is a good chance the united states and china will have a very good trade deal. >> mr. president, a follow-up on
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north korea. you tweeted about north korea yesterday. do you believe that they violated you and resolutions with the short-range missile launch? does it give you pause at all to be appealing to side with a brutal dictator instead of with a fellow american, the former vice president, joe biden? pres. trump: well, kim jong-un made a statement that joe biden is a low iq individual. he probably is based on his record. i think i agree with him on that. but at the same time, my people think it could have been a violation, as you know. i view it differently. i view it as a man who perhaps wants to get attention. and perhaps not. who knows? it does not matter. all i know is there have been no nuclear test. there have been no ballistic missiles going out. there have been no long-range missiles going out. and i think that someday we will have a deal.
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i'm not in a rush. tremendous sanctions being put on the country of north korea. and again, kim jong-un understands the unbelievable economic potential that country has. it is located between russia and china on one side and south korea the other. and it is all waterfront property. it is a great location, as we used to say in the real estate business. i think he sees that. and i have to tell you what other country. i really believe that iran would like to make a deal. i think that is very smart of them. i think that is a possibility to happen also. >> in terms of criticism that you are sort of supporting a dictator instead of an american vice president? pres. trump: when i look at what has been done by our vice president and the president, when i look at the horrible iran deal they made look what happened since i eliminated the iran deal. i ran when i first came into office was a terror. they were fighting in many locations all over the middle
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east. they were behind every single major attack, whether it was syria, yemen, individual smaller areas. whether it was taking away oil from people, they were involved with everything. now, they are pulling back because they got serious economic problems. we have come as you know, massive sanctions and other things. we said the other day, steel, copper, different elements of what they used to sell. the oil is essentially dried up and i am not looking to hurt iran at all. i'm looking to have iran say no nuclear weapons. we have enough problems in the world today with no nuclear weapons. no nuclear weapons for iran. i think we will make a deal. again, i think iran has tremendous economic potential. and i look forward to letting them get back to the stage where they can show that. i think iran -- i know so many people from iran. these are great people. has a chance to be a great
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country with the same leadership. we are not looking for regime change. i just want to make that clear. we are looking for no nuclear weapons. if you look at the deal that biden and president obama signed, they would have free access to nuclear weapons where they would not even be in violation in just a very short period of time. what kind of a deal is that? so we cannot have that. plus, there were many other things they did that were bad. i don't take sides in who i am in favor of and who are not, but i can tell you joe biden was a disaster. his administration with president obama, they were basically a disaster when it came to so many things. whether it was economy, military, defense, no matter what it was. they had a lot of problems. i'm not a fan. >> one question from the prime minister, sir. do you share president trump's optimism about north korea and his position about the recent
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missile launches? also, could you tell us and perhaps tell us what you told the president what you would expect or would like to achieve if you travel to iran and hold talks with iran? p.m. abe: president trump conducted a summit meeting with north korea together with chairman kim. he agreed on the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. and he signed the document. there was a great significance in that. he cracked open the shell of distrust so that the future, bright future, can be shared and urge north korea to act accordingly. if this was a new approach, which i welcome. of course, the north korean denuclearization for many years was not achieved, but
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because it was not achieved, difficult as it is, president trump just said that he will make a challenge with new approach. neighbors to north korea. we are most threatened among countries. so as the prime minister of such a country, such an act of a prime minister as president trump and policy, i have a trust in it. and i would like to support it. in this context, the abruption issue is of paramount importance. talk in at the summit hanoi, president trump on behalf of my thinking, he conveyed and communicated my thinking to kim jong-un. and i as well as the country of japan are thankful. a moment ago, president trump met with the family members of
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the abductees. and the family members were very appreciative of president trump, so his approach is something that everybody wants to have hope. of the was the view prime minister abou objectives. on the ninth of may, north korea launched a short range ballistic missile. this is violating the security council resolution. so my reaction is as i said earlier on. it is of great regret. but at the same time, between kim jong-un and president trump, certain new approach was taken. and that is something i would like to pay tribute to. denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the goal. ., japan, south
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korea, europe, and other countries will act in cooperation that the u.s. and north korea process will be supported. what about iran? there was a question about iran. iran, regarding the jcpoa, we have expressed our position at appropriate timing. peace and stability up middle east is veryddle important for japan and the united states and also for the international community as a whole. it is very important. in this context, in order to make contribution for the peace and stability of the region, we would like to discharge whatever we can do. so whatever it is possible for japan to do, we absolutely would forwarddo these going
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between japan and the united states, there should be close collaboration so that the tensions surrounding iran should be mitigated and alleviated. and it should not culminate in the armed conflict. >> thank you very much. conclude the will joint press conference with president trump and prime minister abe. thank you very much. please remain seated until the leaders exit the room. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. thank you.
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>> get a look at the tomb of the unknown in arlington cemetery this morning where an anyone memorial took place to commemorate the fallen. the annual memorial day ceremony is available online at c-span.org as well as yesterday's rolling thunder procession and rally. members of congress are tweeting out their thoughts. "as we observe memorial day and at the same temp are nearing the 75th anniversary of the invasion of normandy, i thank all of
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the fallen military and their families who have given their lives for the freedom that we enjoy today and everyday. christopher levy known to friends as jacob is one of the fallen. commerce men mike walker treated the christopher levy was a marine serving in afghanistan and never made it back home. he was a graduate of eastern randolph high school, a member of the church, and member of the tribe. he was 21 years old. a couple other members at memorial events. anthony was in new york for a ceremony there and to meet the color guard. maryland fors in the memorial day parade. he tweeted "this weekend, i joined with all never lenders in remembering those who died in service of our nation. we are forever grateful for their sacrifice." >> this week on "the communicators," fcc commissioner brendan carr talks about 5g and
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