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Japan, US mull post-Olympics strategy on North Korea

North-South dialogue may stymie Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign

U.S. President Donald Trump has promised he will not take military action on North Korea while it is engaged in a dialogue with South Korea.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As South Korea attempts to score a breakthrough with the North via Olympic diplomacy, Japan and the U.S. are already looking beyond the athletic events to contemplate the next step in containing the rogue state.

In their first meeting of high-ranking officials in two years in Tuesday, the North agreed to send athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month in South Korea, raising hopes for further dialogue. And the U.S. appears willing to support Seoul's efforts for now. 

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