United States President Donald Trump pledged to support Japan against the “the “threat” of North Korea and said he wanted to reshape the two nations’ trade relationship.
During a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump condemn North Korea as “a threat to the civilized world,” and encourage dictator Kim Jong Un to stop weapons testing like the missiles he has fired over Japanese territory in recent weeks.
Though he stood in one of the Asia capitals in range of North Korea’s missiles, Trump did not regulate his strong language, announcing that Pyongyang risk “global peace and firmness.”
“Some people say my diction is very strong but look at what has happened with very weak diction in the last 25 years,” Trump was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.
Trump said that Japan would gun down North Korean missiles “out of the sky” if it bought the United States weaponry needed for doing so.
Trump repeated his mantra the “era of essential patience” with North Korea was over, and said the U.S. and Japan were working to stop the “dangerous aggression”.
Trump also pressed Japan to reduce its trade shortfall with the United States and buy more U.S. military hardware.
“He (Abe) will shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States,” Trump said, making mention of the North Korean missiles, Reuters has reported.
“The prime minister is going to acquire huge amounts of military equipment, as he should.
And we make the best military equipment up till now.”
Abe, for his part, said Tokyo would gun down missiles “if require”.
Trump also said he was committed to attain “free, fair, and mutual” trade and wants to work with Japan on this issue.
“America is also devoted to improving our economic relationship with Japan,” Trump said. We seek the same and dependable access for American exports to Japan’s markets in order to remove our long term trade imbalances and shortfalls with Japan.”