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Experts split on what game US, North Korea are playing

Verbal jabs could continue, but actual fisticuffs may break out

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts with scientists and technicians of the DPRK Academy of Defence Science after the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 5, 2017. © Reuters

TOKYO -- Security analysts in Japan are split on whether Washington and Pyongyang's verbal sparring will lead to further military provocations.

Narushige Michishita, a specialist in international security at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, sees the threats are "simple jabs" and that the two countries are not trying to land real blows.

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