Odds of North Korea Denuclearization Are 'About Zero' Says Former CIA Director

Odds of North Korea Denuclearization Are 'About Zero' Says Former CIA Director

Concessions on trade before an upper house election in July could upset Japanese voters, especially farmers, who are important backers of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, although consumers might welcome cheaper food products.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who accompanied Trump on the visit to the Kaga, has boosted defense spending since taking office in December 2012, stretching the pacifist constitution to ease limits on troop activities overseas.

Tuesday, CNN national security analyst James Clapper weighed in on President Donald Trump brushing off North Korea's missile tests.

"My people think it could have been a violation", President Trump said.

He talks to Kim "a lot" about his preference for opening up North Korea to investment over amassing nuclear weapons, he said, and he finds Kim "a very smart man".

Trump has done it again.

Abe also offered to help broker a dialogue between the United States and Iran, which seems aimed at repaying Trump for his cooperation in resolving issues between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

In December, the Japanese government announced its plan to purchase 105 F-35A fighter jets from the US for the Air-Self-Defense Force, a development that both leaders noted during Trump's visit, as well as during the address aboard the Kaga.

Trump himself threatened "the official end" of the country if Tehran ever attacked United States interests.

Trump said that even though there exists an "imbalance" in trade with Japan, the same should be resolved over time.

All the pomp and pageantry in the world couldn't paper over the tensions between President Donald Trump and Japan's Shinzo Abe on two of their most pressing issues: North Korea and trade. "Namely, the partnership between Japan's MSDF and the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet is at the very core", of the two countries' military alliance, he explained.

"Historically, the best security assurance is a normal diplomatic relationship with the United States with embassies in our respective capitals", said Detrani, a process he said could first begin with opening liaison offices in both countries.

Apart from cars, Washington is also anxious American farm products won't get a fair deal, as Japan forges trade pacts with Australia and Europe.

Japan has taken a different tack: flattering and befriending the unpredictable American.

Trump restrained himself during his visit by not pushing Abe too hard on trade, according to Yuki Tatsumi, co-director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

Before leaving Japan, Mr. Trump spoke to about 1,000 sailors on the USS Wasp, part of the massive US seventh fleet that patrols the Pacific and would be on the frontlines of any conflict with North Korea.

President Trump on Tuesday concluded his four-day state visit to Japan by saluting American forces aboard a warship at a USA naval base, wishing them a "happy Memorial Day".

"Now the Chinese are flexing their muscles eyeing two Japanese island chains", says a source close to Prime Minister Abe.

"We did it personally".

Asked if he was bothered by the missile tests, President Trump said: "No, I'm not".

What did Abe get in return?

U.S. President Donald Trump greets to U.S. servicemen at U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Washington wants Tokyo to cut tariffs on US farm products to restore their competitiveness after Trump shunned an 11-nation Pacific trade pact.

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