WASHINGTON (Kyodo) U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Thursday with Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of United Nations meetings in New York and discuss the nuclear standoff with North Korea, the White House said.
Kan and Obama are “expected to discuss pressing issues such as North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran and the global economy,” the White House said in a statement. “The two leaders will reaffirm their mutual commitment to strengthening bilateral ties.”
In addition to this agenda, Kan and Obama are expected to discuss other matters, such as foreign exchange rates and the planned relocation of the Futenma military base in Okinawa Prefecture.
It will be their second summit. They first met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Toronto in late June, less than a month after Kan took office as prime minister.
Meanwhile, Japan and the U.S. were trying to arrange the first bilateral talks between new Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, which would also be in New York.
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