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South Korea fears isolation as Japan bonds with US

Worries surface amid frayed Seoul-Tokyo relations

SEOUL -- South Korea is feeling increasingly isolated in the diplomatic arena following a two-day summit between the Japanese and American leaders that deepened the bilateral alliance.

In a joint statement after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile last weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was visiting the U.S., stressed that the two countries would "further reinforce [their] alliance." President Donald Trump responded by saying that "the United States of America stands behind Japan ... 100%." Neither made any reference to South Korea.

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