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Pence to visit Japan, discuss North Korea with Abe

IANS  |  Tokyo 

US Vice is set to visit next week and discuss issues related to with Japanese Shinzo Abe, it was announced here on Thursday.

Pence will stop in on his way to Singapore, where he will participate in a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which will begin on Tuesday, news reported.

confirmed Pence's visit to and his meeting with next Tuesday before the US leader leaves for on the same day.

Suga said that the meeting will be a good opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations on pressing issues like

The did not give details of the topics to be discussed, although has been closely following the process of North Korea's denuclearization, an initiative of the led by

has also sought international support for demanding a resolution of the kidnapping of at least 17 Japanese citizens by North Korean agents between 1977-1983.

Pence will arrive in days after postponed a meeting between US of State and a North Korean delegation.

The aim of the meeting, scheduled to be held in New York, was to prepare for a second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, for which the date and venue are yet to be decided.

Suga refused to comment on the results of the US mid-term elections and said the US-Japan alliance remained firm.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Trump alleged that Japan did not treat the US "fairly" in their trade relations.

"They send in millions of cars at a very low tax. They don't take our cars," he said.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 14:58 IST