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International relations

Trump ups security demands on Japan and South Korea

US president blends security and trade demands to extract concessions

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper walks by the Japanese honor guard ahead of a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on Aug. 7.   © Reuters

TOKYO/WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that discussions have begun with South Korea to have the Asian ally pay more for the cost of maintaining U.S. troops there to guard against any threat from North Korea.

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