Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump agree to raise pressure on North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed to work together to raise pressure on North Korea, said Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura on Monday (Oct 23).
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed to work together to raise pressure on North Korea, said Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura on Monday (Oct 23).PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed to work together to raise pressure on North Korea, said Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura on Monday (Oct 23).

Mr Abe and Mr Trump spoke by telephone after the Japanese premier's ruling coalition scored a big win in an election on Sunday.

Mr Nishimura told reporters that Mr Abe and Mr Trump were planning to play golf together on Nov 5, when Mr Trump makes his first visit to Japan.

According to a report in The Asahi Shimbun on Oct 18, the two leaders will play at an exclusive country club in Saitama Prefecture.

Mr Abe and Mr Trump might be accompanied by a professional golfer during the game, the newspaper said.

After golf, Mr Abe and Mr Trump will continue with an unofficial dinner. The next day, the two leaders will hold a bilateral meeting.

The golf-loving pair had played together at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for a spot of "golf diplomacy" when Mr Abe visited in February.

In November 2016, before Mr Trump assumed the US presidency, Mr Abe presented golf clubs to Mr Trump when they met in the United States.