Trump Shows Readiness to Help Japan, S. Korea Ease Tensions

Politics

Washington/Seoul, July 19 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump expressed Friday his readiness to mediate between Japan and South Korea to help them ease heightened tensions stemming from trade and other issues.

"If they need me, I'm there," Trump told reporters at the White House. "Hopefully, they can work it out."

Trump said that South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told him that the two Asian neighbors "have a lot of friction going on now with respect to trade--primarily with respect to trade" and has "asked me if I could get involved."

"I like President Moon. And you know how I feel about (Japanese) Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe. He's a very special guy, also," Trump said, indicating Washington's willingness to serve as a mediator for the two countries.

At the same time, however, Trump cited the difficulty of the task, saying, "It's like a full-time job getting involved between Japan and South Korea." Trump also revealed that he told Moon, "How many things do I have to get involved in?"

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