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Ambassador, Defense Minister Onodera discuss DPRK, Japan’s introduction of Aegis Ashore

Kyodo and Jiji reported on a meeting between Ambassador Hagerty and Defense Minister Onodera at the Defense Ministry on Wednesday. Kyodo said that Onodera told the Ambassador that North Korea’s repeated provocations are unacceptable and that it is necessary to further strengthen the deterrence of the U.S.-Japan alliance. The Ambassador reportedly said U.S.-Japanese cooperation is important. The two officials agreed on the need for the two nations together to further strengthen the pressure on North Korea. Kyodo and Jiji reported that the Ambassador and the defense minister confirmed that Japan and the United States will cooperate on Japan’s introduction of the Aegis Ashore system as soon as possible.

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