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Behind fevered rhetoric, Kim seeks parity with Trump

Unprecedented direct statement, possible H-bomb test aim to force US to parley

SOTARO SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer | China

SEOUL -- The verbal sparring and muscle-flexing by North Korea and the U.S. have entered uncharted territory in recent days as Pyongyang pushes Washington to negotiate as a peer and a fellow nuclear power.

Even footing

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