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President Trump comments on Kim Jong Un’s New Year message

All papers took up a tweet posted by President Trump apparently in response to the North Korean leader’s New Year message. The U.S. leader said: “Sanctions and ‘other’ pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea…. Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not – we will see!” Mainichi separately took up a comment on Kim’s message from an unnamed DOS official in charge of press affairs, who stressed the importance for South Korea, the United States, and others to take a concerted approach toward North Korea. The daily interpreted this as Washington’s desire to step up pressure on the DPRK in coordination with South Korea, Japan, and other partners, adding that attention will be focused on whether the Trump administration decides to conduct training with South Korea in February as planned or to postpone the joint exercise.    

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