Trump likely to visit Japan for state visit in May: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will likely make a state visit to Japan on May 26, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday, citing Japanese officials

Reuters February 21, 2019 00:08:52 IST
Trump likely to visit Japan for state visit in May: media

Trump likely to visit Japan for state visit in May media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will likely make a state visit to Japan on May 26, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday, citing Japanese officials.

During his visit, Trump is expected to become the first foreign dignitary to meet with Crown Prince Naruhito after he succeeds his father, Akihito, as emperor of Japan on May 1, NHK said.

The White House did not confirm plans for the trip but said Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday morning. According to a readout of the conversation, the two leaders "reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of" North Korea and discussed Trump's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The United States and Japan have worked closely on issues with North Korea, which has threatened to strike both countries with nuclear weapons.

Abe has said Japan is committed to normalizing diplomatic relations with North Korea and has pledged to work with China to resolve tensions on the peninsula.

The White House and the Japanese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; Additional reporting by David Brunnstrom, Susan Heavey and Jeff Mason; Editing by Susan Thomas and Bill Trott)

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