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President Trump comments on Japan’s response to DPRK missiles

Sunday’s Tokyo Shimbun ran a Kyodo dispatch from Washington saying that it has learned from several diplomatic sources that President Trump told the leaders of several Southeast Asian nations over recent months that Japan should have intercepted North Korea’s ballistic missiles when they flew over Japan in August and September. The report said that although Prime Minister Abe is hoping to demonstrate close cooperation between Japan and the U.S. in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the President may ask Japan to take tougher steps. According to the sources, the President expressed his dissatisfaction with Japan during his telephone and direct conversations with the Asian leaders by saying he did not understand why Japan did not shoot down the missiles that were flying over it because Japan is a “warrior nation.”

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