Trump and Abe show united front on DPRK and division on trade

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that negotiations were under way for the release of three Americans held as prisoners in North Korea.

"If we don't think it's going to be successful. we won't have it", Trump said, adding: "If the meeting, when I'm there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting". The contacts were made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Trump's nominee for secretary of state.

Several Senate Democrats, along with Republican Sen.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote on Pompeo's nomination next week. Japan has raised concerns that the USA might press Kim only on long-range missiles that could hit the mainland United States - and not on the short- and medium-range missiles that pose an immediate threat to Japan - as they discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Palm Beach: US President Donald Trump voiced hope Wednesday that North and South Korea, technically still at war, can pave the way to a lasting peace at a series of upcoming summits.

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The two did not reveal what those agreements were, but Abe had been expected to urge to Trump to exempt Japan from the tariffs and press him on the missile issue. Easter was on April 1. Across Asia there is concern over the Trump administration's trade policy toward the region and the perceived decline of US economic engagement in the region.

Abe said that Trump had promised to bring up the Japanese abductee issue in his meeting with Kim.

President Donald Trump is confirming that his Central Intelligence Agency director met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea "last week" in anticipation of their potential summit.

"Meanwhile, Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening after the first day of the Japan-U.S. summit meeting, "[Japan and other countries] would like us to go back into TPP.

Trump had said on Tuesday that talks between the US and North Korea were underway at an "extremely high level".

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Earlier Wednesday, the USA leader confirmed a clandestine meeting had already taken place between his Central Intelligence Agency chief and the North´s reclusive leader.

Trump says five locations are under consideration.

As Trump stopped to make brief remarks to a reporter, confusion ensued when the president appeared to suggest, in response to a shouted question, that he had spoken directly with North Korea's non-tie-wearing dictator, Kim Jong Un.

The two men conferred about the matter Tuesday alongside top national security aides.

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