June 7 (UPI) — President Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday afternoon.
The conference was set to begin at 2 p.m. EDT.
“Looking forward to seeing my friend Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at noon,” Trump tweeted earlier in the day. “Will be discussing North Korea and Trade.”
In their second meeting in less than two months, Trump and Abe were expected to discuss Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Abe was expected to urge Trump to raise the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea during his discussions.
“Ahead of this historic U.S.-North Korea summit, I will meet President Trump to coordinate in order to advance progress on the nuclear issue, missiles and — most importantly — the abductees issue, I want to ensure the US-North Korea summit will be a success,” Abe said Wednesday.