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North Korea Crisis

Trump's win could prove Abe's loss in North Korea diplomacy

Japanese leader's political power rests on hard line toward Pyongyang

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hitched his political wagon to Donald Trump as the U.S. president prepares for a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The thaw between the U.S. and North Korea is putting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political future to the test, particularly his diplomacy heavily characterized by closeness to the American president and an uncompromising stance on Pyongyang.

Japanese officials secretly sighed in relief when U.S. President Donald Trump called off his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a few weeks ago. "It was impossible from the start and not something to be rushed," one said.

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