Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to put up a display of genuine camaraderie with US President Donald Trump might have been dealt a blow with Trump preferring to downplay the recent missile tests by South Korea.
In a tweet message posted prior to a round of golf with Abe, Trump said he isn’t too concerned with the few missile tests carried out by South Korea.
“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,” Trump posted on his personal Twitter account.
This however goes grossly against the views harbored by Abe who has been crying foul of the tests and is eager to highlight the grave danger that his country, or the world at large, faces from South Korea. Abe also highlighted how the tests violates the UN resolutions as well, a viewpoint that is corroborated by the national security adviser, John Bolton as well.
Trump meanwhile exuded confidence Kim Jong Un will be sticking to his promises. This is ample proof of the US president not giving up hope on South Korea just yet even though talks with the South Korean leader on issues of nuclear tests have reached a dead end.
For Abe though, this is no doubt a diplomatic challenge as he attempts to portray having unflinching support of the US even as the latter, something that might clash with the United States’ own diplomatic inroads it made in South Korea in recent times.