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US and Japan vow 'maximum pressure' on North Korea over nuclear program

Trump-Kim summit depends on Pyongyang promising complete denuclearization

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their bilateral meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. on April 17. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

PALM BEACH, U.S. -- Washington and Tokyo reaffirmed on Tuesday that they will demand that North Korea eliminate its nuclear and missile capabilities, "completely, verifiably and irreversibly," as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un mounts a diplomatic effort to defend his regime.   

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