WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump has held a brief meeting with visiting senior Japanese and South Korean officials, the White House said.
At the meeting with Shigeru Kitamura, head of the secretariat for Japan's National Security Council, and Chung Eui-yong, national security chief at the South Korean presidential office, Trump said that Japan and South Korea are the most powerful allies of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the White House's announcement on Wednesday.
Trump also expressed gratitude for the two East Asian countries' support for and their deep friendship with the United States.
The meeting was apparently intended for Trump to highlight the cooperation among Tokyo, Washington and Seoul over issues related to North Korea, as the country is taking a tough stance with its leader, Kim Jong Un, late last year threatening to resume nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, pundits said.
Robert O'Brien, national security adviser to Trump, also held talks with Kitamura and Chung on Wednesday. They discussed North Korean issues and the situation in the Middle East.