Minister Abe and Japan has been, I think, the best it's ever been. I don't know, I'll let you speak to that. But I think it's the best it's ever been. Go ahead. We're
discussing trade. We're doing a lot of trade together; a lot of military trade, actually, which is a big component. We're also talking, obviously, about North Korea. And
those discussions are going very well. And we're discussing lots of other things. And the relationship between us, but also the relationship with us and the other
countries, has really been of the G7 has really been outstanding. From the moment we got here, we've been treated beautifully. I think I speak for Shinzo and myself.
We've been treated beautifully. And I want to congratulate and I have to say \"thus far,\" because we're probably halfway through. But thus far, this has been really a
great G7, and I want to congratulate France and your President because they have really done a great job. Thank you. [Via Interpreter] I would like to congratulate you on
the birth of your 10th grandchild. Thank you. [Via Interpreter] And speaking of our intensive diplomatic engagement, as shown by my own visit to Washington, D.C. back in
April, followed by you and Madam First Lady's state visit to Japan in the month of May as a very first state guest under the new era called Reiwa, and also followed by our
meeting on the margins of G20 Osaka Summit. [Via Interpreter] So, as shown by these meetings, we have been conducting very frequent exchange of opinions, as well as
visits. And looking back at the history of Japan-U.S. relations, we've never seen this frequent level of visits between the two leaders as we have seen at this moment. So
I think it is fair to say that, we as the leaders of Japan and the United States, now enjoy a robust relationship of trust more so than ever, and same can be said
vis-à-vis the status of the Japan-U.S. relations in general. [Via Interpreter] And thanks to your tremendous support for me as a chair of the G20 Osaka Summit, we could
send out a really powerful message toward addressing various global challenges. And just as importantly, I am ready to work very closely with you, Donald, so as to bring
this year's G7 Summit to a successful conclusion. [Via Interpreter] So, on this occasion, I certainly look forward to discuss with you specific ways to deepen our alliance
between the two countries and also the regional situations, including North Korea as well as Iran. And, of course, we look forward to discussing bilateral trade as well as
the economic relationship. And I certainly hope to have a very productive discussion with you. Well, thank you. And I want to also congratulate the great Matsuyama. You
know who Matsuyama is? He's a great golfer that we played with and we had a lot of fun. And Shinzo is a very good golfer, and we have a lot of fun playing golf together.
And we played with Ernie Els here, and Shinzo reciprocated with a great player, Matsuyama. And last week, in a big tournament which is a one of the very biggest
tournaments he came in third, and he shot a 62 or 63 in the final round, which is not bad. Right? Which is not bad. So, he's a great young man and he's a great golfer.
And please congratulate him for me. Thank you. Okay. Mr. President, do you have a trade deal with Japan? Have you agreed on a trade deal? We're working on one, and we're
fairly close. And I don't know as to, Bob Lighthizer, what's happening. Can you give us a status report? Well, we're very close and we've been working intensively. And
hopefully, as a result of this meeting, we'll be able to come to an agreement on core principles. A very big deal. It's a major deal with Japan. If it gets done, we'll
possibly know by the end of this meeting. Mr. President, did you sign off on a statement to Iran a message to Iran that President Macron says he's going to deliver on
behalf of all the G7 countries? No, I haven't discussed that. No. It's No, I haven't. Do you support President Macron's outreach to Iranian authorities? Sure. And I also
support Prime Minister Abe's outreach because he's also speaking to Iran, and they have a very good relationship, from what I understand. But Iran is no longer the same
country it was as it was two and a half years ago. But we'll do our own outreach. But, you know, I can't stop people from talking. If they want to talk, they can talk.
What are some of the issues you all talked about at dinner last night? Why don't you tell me what we spoke about last night? [Laughter] I'm asking you, sir. Because there
was a lot of inaccurate reporting. We had a really good dinner last night. And I had a fantastic lunch with the President of France yesterday. The best frankly and I
told him, and I was totally honest probably an hour and a half. Many of you saw it. I think it was the best hour and a half I've ever spent with him, President Macron. It
was a perfect period of time. And yet, I picked up stories, and I read like it was the opposite. It was really was. I mean, it doesn't matter; you can write whatever you
want to write. But it was false reporting. We had a very, very good lunch, and we had a very, very good dinner last night. Everybody was at the dinner. And I think it was
really good. We discussed Iran. We discussed trade. We discussed China. And we discussed many things. But it was a very, very good a very good dinner. Mr. President, you
said you discussed Russia, and you said earlier it was a \"lively\" discussion. Do you feel that the other members of the G7 would encourage Russia to join again, the way
you are? I think that's a work in progress. We have a number of people that would like to see Russia back. I think it would be I think it would be advantageous to many
things in the world. I think it would be a positive. Other people agree with me. And it's something that we're discussing. I don't know that we'll make a decision one way
or the other, but we did have a discussion about Russia last night, as to whether or not we want to invite them back. I think it's advantageous. I think it's a positive.
Other people agree with me, and some people don't necessarily agree. How do you expect to overcome those differences? Well, I don't think we're going to maybe we won't.
Maybe we'll just leave it the way it is. Can you say who were some of those who agreed with you on inviting Russia back? I could, but I don't think it's necessary. Some of
the people that I was surprised I was actually surprised at a couple of them because I didn't think they had a good relationship, and it was good enough that they said,
\"Yes, we'd like to have them back.\" It's it's ongoing discussion. No decision no decision was made. We didn't do a vote or anything. Just discussion. Are you concerned
at all about North Korea conducting more tests? I'm not happy about it. But, again, he's not in violation of an agreement. We speak. I received a very nice letter from him
last week. We speak. He was upset that South Korea was doing the \"war games,\" as you call them. I don't think they were necessary either, if you want to know the truth.
And I said to my people, \"You can have them or not. I would recommend against them, but I'm going to let you do exactly what you want to do.\" I said that to all of my
people. I said, \"I don't want to interfere because I think if you want to do them, you can do them, if you think it's necessary. But I think it's a total waste of
money.\" And they did a modified version of them. John Bolton, would you say that's correct? It's a very much Yes, very much modified. modified version. But I think it
was unnecessary to do, frankly. Any update on another meeting with North Korea? Probably have one. Yeah. Probably. But so I'm not I'm not liking short range because
short range is Shinzo's you know, it's really his territory. I mean, I'd like to ask, Shinzo, how do you feel about North Korea and the testing of short-range missiles?
He's not thrilled. [Via Interpreter] So, our position is very clear: That the launch of short-range ballistic missiles by North Korea clearly violates the relevant U.N.
Security Council resolutions. So, in that sense, it was extremely regrettable for us to experience another round of the launch of the short-range ballistic missiles by
North Korea in recent days. And I can understand how the Prime Minister of Japan feels. I mean, I can. It's different. But, I mean, I can understand that fully. Mr. Prime
Minister, would you like President Trump to come further to your position on this? [Via Interpreter] As we have done before, I would like to make sure that we meaning,
myself and President Trump will always stay on the same page when it comes to North Korea. And also, I would like to underscore that I fully support the U.S.-North Korea
process 100 percent. But are you on the same page, if you see these things so differently? I mean I think, ultimately, we're always on the same page. As long as he's
Prime Minister and as long as I'm President, I think we're always on the same page. Sorry, but, Mr. President, you don't think that the short-term or the short missile
launches are No, because I never are a violation of U.N. resolutions? because I never discussed that with him personally. I mean, you're talking about personally; I
never discussed that with him. I discussed long-range ballistic, and, that, he cannot do. And he hasn't been doing it. And he hasn't been doing nuclear testing. He has
done short range, much more standard missiles. A lot of people are testing those missiles, not just him. A lot of people are testing those missiles. We're in the world of
missiles, folks, whether you like it or not. I have confidence that, in the end, Kim Jong Un who I've gotten to know very well will do the right thing. I feel that he
will do the right thing. I think it's to his advantage to do the right thing. I think North Korea has tremendous potential as a country, economically. I think it's got I
think, maybe, there's no country that you could talk of in terms of emerging that has the potential that North Korea has. I think he understands that better than anybody.
And I think, in the end, he will do the right thing. We'll see. Maybe not, but maybe. But I think he'll do the right thing. We'll see what happens. Thank you all very
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