U.S. President Donald Trump was greeted by new Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in a formal welcome ceremony.

He became the first foreign dignitary to be received by the monarch since inheriting the throne after his father, Akihito, stepped down in the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in two centuries.

Trump has made clear he was pleased to have been given the honour of the first reception with the emperor, who is holding a lavish state dinner later on Monday for the U.S. Leader and his wife.

President Donald Trump says the United States is not seeking regime change in Iran as tensions between the two countries rise with Washington deploying troops to the region.

At a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Trump said we are looking for no nuclear weapons.

Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to even out a trade imbalance with the United States and said he was happy with how things were going with North Korea but was in no rush to reach a peace deal.

Abe, for his part, said the two leaders had agreed to speed up two-way trade talks, but dodged a question about timing.

Trump told the news conference that Washington was not ready to make a deal with Beijing but he expected on in the future.

The US President also said that Japan has “just announced its intent to purchase 105 brand new F35 stealth aircraft”.