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Trump appeared to differ with his own advisors and Abe himself when he said he was “ not bothered” by North Korea’s missile tests earlier this month.

“My people think it could have been a violation, as you know,” Trump said, noting that no nuclear or long-range missiles had been tested. “I view it differently.”

Abe said he disagreed with Trump’s view on North Korea’s missile testing but added that he agreed with Trump on efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Trump said there has been a “tremendous imbalance” of trade between the US and Japan and that both countries are working to bridge the gap.

Despite the friendly disposition between the leaders, Trump stressed that the US was not pleased with its nearly $60 billion trade deficit towards Japan. Trump has threatened to impose higher tariffs on imports of Japanese auto parts unless the two nations can iron out the difference.

“There’s been a tremendous imbalance and we’re working on that,” Trump said of trade between the two nations, adding that the US needed to “do a little catching up with Japan.”

“They have been doing much more business with us, we’d like to do a little bit more business in the reverse, we’ll get the balance of trade I think straightened out rapidly.”

Trump also said he was open to improving US relations with Iran.

“I do believe that Iran would like to talk and if they’d like to talk, we’d like to talk also,” newswire AFP reported him as saying. “Nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me.”

Read more: Business Insider

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