Trump expects US-China trade agreement

epa07604969 US President Donald J. Trump (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) exit a news conference

epa07604969 US President Donald J. Trump (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) exit a news conference at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, 27 May 2019. President Trump is on a four-day state visit to Japan. EPA / KIYOSHI OTA / POOL

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The president of the United States is optimistic about the signing "soon" of a trade agreement with the People's Republic of China, despite the negotiating deadlock between the two countries. Donald Trump was speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as part of an official visit to Japan.

"I think that at any moment China and the United States will conclude a formidable trade agreement. We look forward to that moment with enthusiasm, "said the president of the United States.

Asked by journalists about current issues, Trump also said that the United States did not seek a "change of regime " in Iran.

"We are not looking for a change of regime in Iran. What we want is the total elimination of nuclear weapons," Trump said at a time when the United States is deploying military forces in the Persian Gulf region and tension between Washington and Tehran is rising.

Even so, Trump said he believes he can reach an agreement with Iran.

In the meeting with the journalists, the president of the United States also addressed the issue of North Korea, considering leader Kim Jong-un a "very intelligent man" aware of the need to renounce nuclear weapons so that the country can develop.

"He knows that with the nuclear, only bad things can happen. He's a very smart man and understands this very well", Trump said, adding that North Korea has economic potential that he classed as "phenomenal. "

On the same issue, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he has "full support" from the United States president to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"I feel like I have to meet with President Kim without any preconditions and that it is necessary to exchange views... President Trump told me that he agrees and that he supports me," said Shinzo Abe at the same press conference.

The president of the United States was the first foreign ruler to be received in audience by the new Emperor of Japan, Naruhito, on the throne since May 1, the day his father formally abdicated.

Trump has been in Japan since Saturday where he has an official program that will run until tomorrow, Tuesday.

In addition to the meeting with the new emperor that lasted for half an hour, the president of the United States has already held a series of meetings with the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Meanwhile, Trump has announced that the United States will sell 105 US F-35 fighter jets to Japan.

"The United States supports Japan's efforts to improve defense capabilities and in recent months we have sent (to Japan) a large amount of military equipment," said Donald Trump.

For the first time in 2011, Tokyo revealed its intention of acquiring 42 F-35 aircraft, and will now purchase 105 aircraft, becoming the first international customer of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

Despite the purchase of military equipment, Trump regretted "the imbalance" of the trade balance between the two countries.

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