Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump at a joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo on May 27. (Pool)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said May 27 that Tokyo and Washington completely agree on a range of North Korean issues, including the abduction of Japanese nationals by agents from Pyongyang.

At a joint news conference after their summit in the capital, visiting U.S. President Donald Trump said he is fully aware that resolving the abduction issue is Abe’s top priority.

Trump also said he supports Abe’s recent decision to seek direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the longstanding issue. The Japanese leader said such a meeting with Kim would have no preconditions attached, a reversal of Abe’s previous stance.

The president said Abe’s determination to have a summit with Kim reflects Japan’s efforts to bring abductees back to their country, and the United States completely supports the move.

Turning to trade, Trump said Washington intends to reduce its trade deficit with Japan. He also expressed optimism that a trade agreement can be made in the near future, saying the two countries will be able to soon announce many outcomes.

Trump arrived in Japan on May 25 for a four-day visit as state guest.