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US trade officials to join Abe-Trump summit

US trade officials to join Abe-Trump summit
US trade officials to join Abe-Trump summit

NHK, 17 April 2018-- US President Donald Trump plans to have his top trade officials join the upcoming summit with the Japanese prime minister. His national security team will take part in talks on North Korea.

Trump arrived on Monday at his Florida retreat, where he will host Shinzo Abe on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The president announced that Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton, a hardline conservative, will attend the meetings.

The 2 leaders are expected to discuss how to deal with North Korea and reaffirm their plan to maintain maximum pressure on the nation to denuclearize.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow will be joining the 2 leaders' discussions on trade.

Trump recently pointed to Japan as one of the friendly nations with which the US trade deficit is worsening. He stressed his determination to cut the deficit.

Trump has been demanding that Japan open it is automobile and agricultural markets. He also wants to start negotiating a free trade agreement between the US and Japan.

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