North Korea, trade high on agenda for Trump-Abe meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea and trade top the agenda for President Donald Trump’s meeting Friday with Prime Minister Abe of Japan.

Trump is to welcome Abe to the White House for talks focused on trade and North Korea’s nuclear program.

The meeting follows Thursday’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Trump’s second summit with Kim in Hanoi in February ended with no agreement.

Beyond the formal talks, Abe and his wife, Akie, were to help celebrate first lady Melania Trump’s 49th birthday Friday at a couples’ dinner in the White House residence.

The leaders are expected to play golf Saturday.

Trump and the first lady will reciprocate in May by traveling to Japan for a state visit to meet the new emperor.

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