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N Korea at crossroads

North Korean rocket triggers different tones from Trump and Abe

US leader shrugs off launch decried by Tokyo as sanctions violation

BIARRITZ, France -- U.S. President Donald Trump downplayed North Korea's latest weapons test in comments Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that showed the two leaders' differences over the significance of a recent spate of launches.

"I'm not happy about it," Trump said in a joint news conference with Abe on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit here. But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "not in violation of an agreement," he went on to say.

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