Tough talk from Trump

Tough talk from Trump

Trump and first lady Melania also had an audience with Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on Monday.

Trump shock hands with some of them as he left the room.

"The United States has suffered massive trade deficits with Japan for many, many years, nearly 70 billion (U.S. dollars) annually", Trump told the business leaders at the US ambassador's residence in Tokyo.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, standing just behind Trump, appeared to break out in laughter at his boss's no-nonsense approach to koi feeding.

In addition to repeating his mantra that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over, Mr Trump also pressed Japan to lower its trade deficit with the U.S. and purchase more of its sophisticated military hardware. He says he hopes to turn that around. It was the second time the two leaders golfed together, having also hit the links together earlier this year when Abe visited Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

"We've dealt ISIS one brutal defeat after another, and it's about time", he said, adding that he has proposed increases in the defense budget.

Trump also took credit for recent record stock market highs and an addition 2 million workers in the workforce, saying: "I've reduced regulations terrifically if I do say so myself".

"Our hearts are broken", he told business tycoons in Tokyo. However, the first option would require Aegis ships run extremely close to the North Korean coast, where they could potentially be counter-attacked, and the second is a risky bet relying on the "relatively primitive" state of North Korea's re-entry vehicle technology.

He rebuked the current relationship, saying the trade deals were "not fair and not open".

In the afternoon, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay) will meet over lunch and with their staffs, and hold a joint news conference. For Sunday's round, Abe invited Hideki Matsuyama, a Japanese golfer ranked fourth in the world.

After the meeting, Trump responded to reporters' questions along with Abe and abductees' family members.

He'll end the day at a state banquet.

US ally South Korea, meanwhile, is rolling out the red carpet for Trump but is also sensitive to the fact that he plans to spend only 24 hours in the country compared to 48 hours in Japan, the kind of comparison that South Koreans often make because of concerns they are a lesser USA priority than Tokyo, its richer neighbor.

Abe grinned slightly, but it was an awkward moment after a trip in which the two men went out of their way to call each other friends and stress the bonds between the two allies, which both men said were the strongest ever.

"We want fair and open trade but right now our trade with Japan is not fair and open", Trump told business leaders.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the opening of a welcome dinner hosted by Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. He said that the two leaders were able to talk frankly in a relaxed atmosphere while out on the course.

Abe has made resolving the emotive abductions issue a keystone of his career.

Last year, South Korea unilaterally closed operations at the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex, saying cash from the zone was being funnelled to the North's weapons programme.

Abe told reporters Monday all options are on the table to respond to North Korea's weapons development, while Trump reiterated that the US government stands in solidarity with allies in the region, especially Japan.

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