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Clockwise from bottom left: U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

US to reaffirm nuclear umbrella over Japan

Top officials aim to send message to emboldened North Korea at upcoming meeting

| North Korea

TOKYO -- The top diplomats and defense officials of Japan and the U.S. will meet Thursday to discuss North Korea as Washington seeks to demonstrate its determination to defend its ally by any means necessary, including nuclear weapons if need be.

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