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Trump to hold summit with Japan's Abe

All News 01:54 February 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump was to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday in a summit that could further reveal Trump's thoughts on how to handle relations with the Asian ally and cope with threats from North Korea.

The meeting is also a focus of attention in South Korea because Trump's policy on Japan is likely to be similar to that on South Korea, especially on security and alliance issues, such as cost-sharing for American troops in the two countries.

The talks also take place amid tensions heightened on the Korean Peninsula after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's Day address that he is close to test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S.

It is Trump's second face-to-face summit with a foreign leader since taking office after the first with British Prime Minister Theresa May last month, though Abe met with Trump when he was president-elect in November days after the election.

After the summit, Trump plans to take Abe to his Florida resort, where they will play golf Saturday. The White House said the invitation is a testament to the "importance the United States places on the bilateral relationship and the strength of our alliance and the deep economic ties."

During the campaign, Trump portrayed alliances as something the United States can abandon unless they make economic sense and he urged allies to pay more for American troops stationed in those countries to help protect them.

He had argued it makes no sense for the U.S. to pay to protect wealthy nations like Japan and Korea.

Since his election, Trump kept up the burden-sharing demand for NATO nations but made no mention of such a demand for the Asian allies while only expressing his support for the alliance with Seoul and reiterating his "ironclad" commitment to defending the allies.

In response to the North Korean leader's threat, Trump vowed to stop the North from mastering such ICBM capabilities, saying that the North's development of a nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S. "won't happen."

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