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Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea's foot-dragging on denuclearization keeps Asia on edge

Trump 'in no rush' but experts warn of long-term consequences

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile. Neighbors like Japan worry his short- and medium-range arsenal could be left intact. (KCNA/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Hopes that Northeast Asia will soon be free from the North Korean nuclear threat are fading fast, despite the rapid detente between Pyongyang and Washington.

As U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un head into their second summit next Wednesday and Thursday, the two sides remain far apart over the North's nuclear weapons program.

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