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U.S., Japan discuss “extended deterrence”

Saturday’s Nikkei and Mainichi wrote that in Georgia earlier in the week senior defense officials of the United States and Japan held consultations on extended deterrence and agreed that the U.S. nuclear umbrella and bilateral missile defense cooperation are indispensable for ensuring East Asian security amid the rapid military buildup by China and North Korea. During the first session of its kind in almost 14 months, DOD officials reportedly briefed on the outline of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review that was released in April. According to Mainichi, the U.S. allowed the Japanese participants to survey the USS Maryland, an Ohio-class nuclear submarine, on the sidelines of the meeting with the daily interpreting the “unusual move” as demonstrating stronger security partnership between the two allies.

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