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U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands in Tokyo on Nov. 6.   © Reuters
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Abe, Trump agree to exert 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Bilateral trade imbalance remains unresolved key sticking point

MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump concluded two-day diplomatic talks in Japan on Monday, reaffirming their close relationship and agreed on exerting "maximum pressure" on North Korea. But despite the united front on security issues, the U.S. president stuck to his "America First" mantra on the economy, demanding that Japan correct the trade imbalance.

Following Sunday's golf diplomacy, the two leaders on Monday had a working lunch, held official summit talks and a meeting with the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. Trump and his wife Melania separately met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, during which the president said the Japan-U.S. relationship was stronger than ever.

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