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U.S., Japanese foreign and defense ministers to confirm “nuclear umbrella”

Today’s Nikkei front-paged an upcoming 2+2 foreign and defense ministerial meeting between the U.S. and Japan to be held in Washington on Thursday, projecting that the participants are expected to confirm the U.S. commitment to defending Japan through “extended deterrence” in a joint document scheduled for release upon conclusion of the meeting. The daily said the Trump administration is keen to demonstrate that the U.S. and Japan will not succumb to North Korea’s relentless provocations. In a separate article, however, the daily voiced concern that President Trump’s provocative language may backfire by further emboldening Kim Jong Un, who has probably concluded that the U.S. leader’s rhetoric is “empty.”       

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