Trump says may know if Japan trade deal is on by end of G7 summit

In Summary

• Trump and Abe displayed their differences over the seriousness of North Korea’s missle launches.

US President Donald Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the UN General Assembly in New York, September 21, 2017.
US President Donald Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the UN General Assembly in New York, September 21, 2017.
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US President Donald Trump said he could know by the end of a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe whether their two countries will secure a new trade deal.

"It’s a major deal with Japan, if it gets done, we’ll possibly know by the end of this meeting," Trump said ahead of a bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Biarritz, southwestern France. 

Trump and Abe displayed their differences over the seriousness of North Korea’s series of short-range missile launches on Sunday, while maintaining that they would remain in synch on the issue.

Trump, who prizes his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said the launches did not violate an agreement and were in line with what others were doing.

Abe said the launches violated U.N. resolutions.

Launches of short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday were the seventh by North Korea since Trump and Kim met at the inter-Korean border in June.

The launches have complicated attempts to restart talks between U.S. and North Korean negotiators over the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.