"The US-South Korean exercises and US forces in South Korea play significant roles in the security of East Asia… Resolving nuclear, missile and abduction issues are our final aim… We would like to ask North Korea to make policy changes in a visible way," Onodera said, expressing concern about Trump's plans to suspend the joint exercises with Seoul.
According to Onodera, Japan will continue maintaining pressure on North Korea.
Earlier in the day, Trump told the Fox News broadcaster in an interview that the United States is "not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith" with North Korea. According to Trump, the suspension of joint exercises with South Korea will help to save a lot of money.
During the summit, the two leaders agreed to continue the dialogue and accepted each other's invitations to visit North Korea and the United States.