Saying that the he is “honored” to meet with President-elect Donald Trump before other world leaders, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed what he has said in the past: “The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us. I would like to build such a trust with Mr Trump.”
Trump, who suggested during his campaign that Japan should have nuclear weapons to protect itself from North Korea, meets with Abe on Thursday in New York. During his campaign Trump also said he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, though he has also referred to Un as a “maniac.” Abe will be seeking clarity, as well as trust.