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    North Korean Missile Tests a New President

    Was it the missile or the man? North Korea’s reported 310-mile missile flight may have tested both ballistic hardware and President Trump’s resolve. South Korean monitors observed the test early today, during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s golfing and trade discussion weekend at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Both leaders quickly responded with a press appearance, with Abe calling the launch “intolerable” and the president not mentioning the incident at all. Instead, he affirmed that America “stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent,” reinforcing a sober new diplomatic image.

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