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Japan shocked to be left out in cold by Trump on North Korea

2018-03-11 09:38:04       source:Asahi Shimbun

March 10, 2018

The U.S. president trumpeted during a March 9 phone call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he had "good news."

It was anything but.

The U.S. leader's announcement of a planned historic summit meeting by the end of May with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un caught Japan off-guard and dismayed as Tokyo had stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Washington on maintaining maximum pressure on Pyongyang to rein in its military provocations.

"It never occurred to us that such a decision would be made at this time," said a high-ranking Foreign Ministry official, describing the shockwaves reverberating in Tokyo.

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