“‘When talking to the South Koreans and the Japanese, they will quickly take you back to 1592, when the Shogun Hideyoshi invaded South Korea.’

“‘There is a long litany of grievances. Particularly in the last three years, there has been steady series of events. One slap is met by another slap between Seoul and Tokyo.’

“…‘There have been series of actions and reactions that should have caused the Trump administration not to mediate, but to moderate, to remind both allies that we face a common danger from North Korea.’

“‘The risk to American citizens is vastly increased when there is a degradation in the networked security alliance, faced with a threat like North Korea…’”

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