Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced plans to visit the USA from April 17-20 to discuss North Korea with President Donald Trump ahead of expected summits between the North and the us and South Korea. The venue of the meeting will be Trump's luxurious resort in Florida - Mar-a-Lago.
"The two leaders will discuss the global campaign to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea in advance of President Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Among the topics of the April 17-18 series of meetings: Trade and Trump's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In a statement, the White House did not mention the abduction issue. It is Abe's second visit to Trump's Florida estate. It would be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.
India, US, and Japan will also discuss regional and global issues with the government, as well as, the representatives of other sectors and formulate ways to strengthen ties amid growing China tensions. And when Trump first had Abe to his Mar-a-Lago club last February, South African pro golfer Ernie Els joined a round of golf.
This is not the first time that President Trump has used his golfing estate to host global diplomats.
It said only that Abe and Trump would meet at Trump's Florida estate to "discuss worldwide campaign to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea" and to "explore ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment ties between the United States and Japan".
"When you play golf not just once but two times, the person must be your favorite guy", Abe said as he toasted Trump during a state banquet in Japan.