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Will North Korea set off a new arms buildup in Asia?

Kim's nuclear tactics test US commitment to protect Japan and South Korea

TOKYO/BEIJING Since North Korea sent an intercontinental ballistic missile soaring 3,700km into the sky on July 28, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump have spoken by phone six times -- sometimes for close to an hour. In each of these conversations between the Japanese prime minister and the U.S. president, Trump has gone to great lengths to offer assurances that the U.S. stood behind Japan "100%." He sometimes repeated the phrase as many as five times in a single call, according to Japanese government sources.

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