North Korea, tariffs on the menu for expected Trump-Abe summit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as US President Donald Trump wait for a meeting inside Oval Office of the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as US President Donald Trump wait for a meeting inside Oval Office of the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be finalizing details for a summit with President Donald Trump on April 18 to discuss strategy before a proposed meeting between North Korean as well as U.S. leaders, a ruling party official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Abe will also likely ask Trump to exempt Japan through his steel as well as aluminum tariffs, said the official, who has been briefed on the matter as well as asked not to be identified.

Abe, speaking at a parliamentary committee, said Japanese steel products were helping to make U.S. auto makers more competitive as well as cheaper for American consumers.

“Protectionism, at first glance, appears to benefit a nation which exercises the idea, however the idea will be not necessarily so,” Abe said. “Japan wants to be a flag bearer to promote a free trade which will bring a win-win situation to each nation.”

His finance minister, Taro Aso, echoed which view as well as said some of responsibility for the trade imbalance rested with the United States.

“I understand the U.S. position which the idea cannot continue which has a trade deficit, however the United States itself should make efforts,” Aso told the same committee.

The meeting between Abe as well as the U.S. leader will be anticipated to be held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida, according to the source. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will be set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-In in April as well as then possibly Trump in May.

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