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Abe to Tout Japan's US Investment Plans in Trump Meeting

He added that Pyongyang must "fully comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions". "In my meeting with President Trump, he assured me the United States is always wth Japan, 100 per cent".

"We will work together to promote our shared interests, of which we have many, in the region, including freedom from navigation and defending against the North Korean missile and nuclear threat, both of which I consider a very, very high priority", Mr Trump said on Friday. That is all from myself.

The statement amounted to a victory for Abe, who came to Washington wanting to develop a sense of trust and friendship with the new USA president and send a message that the decades-old alliance is unshakeable. North Korea tested an unidentified ballistic missile early Sunday morning.

On trade, Mr Abe said he welcomed the establishment of a working dialogue framework led by the two vice-premiers of both countries, following the withdrawal by the United States from the Tran-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral trade deal between the United States and 12 Asian-Pacific countries including Japan.

US First Lady Melania Trump and Abe's wife Akie meanwhile toured a Japanese culture museum and garden complex in Florida where they saw a bonsai exhibition and fed koi fish.

In the opening days of his presidency, Mr. Trump's diplomacy had a rocky stretch that included contentious phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.

Abe will also propose to Trump the creation of a $450 billion market through railways and other infrastructure investments in the U.S.to generate 700,000 jobs, according to Yomiuri Shimbun, another Japanese daily.

Abe and Trump stayed at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's personal resort, after arriving in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday evening.

In the course of the meeting, which lasted about an hour and 40 minutes, the leaders agreed to hold a Security Consultative Committee (two-plus-two) meeting of their respective foreign and defense ministers in the near future to review their roles and capabilities.

While not specifically addressing automakers concerns in the news conference with Abe, Trump made clear that he remains committed to finding ways to create new auto jobs in MI and across the USA, adding that he expects "big announcements in the next short period of time".

When asked about his controversial travel ban on seven nations with ties to terrorism, Trump said he's learned some things one can only learn as president and that America will allow lots of people into our country that will love our country.

May, who visited Trump at the end of January, was photographed walking hand-in-hand with Trump during a meeting at the White House.

Mr Abe and Mr Trump avoided contentious issues.

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