Abe, Moon avoid clash on 'comfort women,' agree to reciprocal visits

Elias Hubbard
July 8, 2017

"I appreciate the things that you have done relative to the very substantial problem that we all face in North Korea, a problem that something has to be done about", Trump told Xi.

Trump also says they have made "a lot of progress" on trade-related issues.

"We share the view that North Korea, a top priority on the global agenda, increasingly poses a new level of threat to worldwide peace and security", European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in the joint statement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, which was issued at a summit in Brussels where the leaders sealed a landmark political agreement as a step toward a sweeping free trade deal.

Adding to long-standing tensions, China said last month a Japanese citizen was being investigated for harming national security, following a similar case in May in which China said six Japanese nationals were being questioned on suspicion of illegal activity.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said it may take time to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, but expressed confidence that Washington and Beijing could eventually do so.

With regard to the agreement in December 2015 under which Japan provided 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) to a South Korean fund to help women forced to provide sex to wartime Japanese soldiers, Abe asked Moon to implement it.

After the talks, the three leaders issued a joint statement condemning the North's launch, reaffirming their commitment to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang and work together to adopt a new U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution at an early date. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the test was a gift for the U.S.in honor of the Fourth of July.

Japanese government officials briefing reporters on the talks said Abe told Moon: "Because we are neighboring countries, we have hard problems".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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