Abe may resign in June, says ex-Japan PM

Abe may resign in June, says ex-Japan PM

Kerry Wise
April 17, 2018

-North Korea summit as well as stem a slide in his voter support ratings.

Japan has a vital national security interest in the prospective talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Abe has cultivated a close personal relationship with Trump, but so far that hasn't given him much of an edge on these issues.

Both leaders could use a successful summit to give themselves a political boost at home. Another golf outing, as at their Mar-a-Lago and Tokyo meetings in 2017, is being planned, a Japanese official said.

Abe will attempt to use the personal rapport he has established with the United States president over the past 18 months to remind Trump that any deal over North Korea's nuclear program must take into account Tokyo's concerns about the missile threat from Pyongyang.

"Having been surprised by Trump's decision to meet with Kim, Abe is determined to convince the U.S. president to take a skeptical approach to Pyongyang", said Tobias Harris, vice-president of Teneo Intelligence, a Washington-based advisory firm. He also is expected to ask the USA leader to raise with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea.

BJP alliance: Ram Madhav to launch damage control in Jammu today
Confirming the submitting the resignation, BJP President Sat Sharma told GNS that both the ministers tendered their resignation.

"Not allowing North Korea to threaten the USA just means that we remain committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", a White House official said.

Abe also faces challenges on trade.

Japanese officials said Abe and Trump might also discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after Trump indicated last week that the USA might be interested in rejoining what is now an 11-country trade agreement.

Japan, which was not exempted fromWashington's recently invoked steel and aluminium tariffs, is resisting Trump's push for a bilateral free trade agreement which he believes will reduce the US's trade deficit with Japan.

Although Trump pulled the world's largest economy out of the regional free trade pact upon taking office in January a year ago, he instructed officials last week to look into returning to it amid a simmering trade spat with China, a non-TPP member.