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Syria strikes cast shadow over North Korea denuclearization talks

U.S. actions draw mixed reactions while experts appear divided on effect

TOKYO -- Military strikes against chemical weapons facilities in Syria launched by the U.S., U.K. and France on Friday drew mixed responses from Asian governments, while many experts see the attacks complicating talks on North Korean denuclearization.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the Japanese government would "support the determination of the U.S., U.K. and France [to ensure] that the proliferation and use of chemical weapons will never be allowed."

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