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South Korea rejected Japan involvement in joint US military drills

Seoul's Beijing balancing act spoils Trump's united front

SEOUL -- The Trump administration's plan to show a united front against North Korea in the Sea of Japan took a step back this week as South Korea rejected a U.S. proposal to conduct a trilateral military exercise that would have included participation from Japan.   

In a rare move, the U.S. Navy has gathered three aircraft carriers for the exercise, which has been timed to coincide with President Donald Trump's tour of Asia.

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