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Japan, South Korea, U.S. to resume joint defense drills

Move comes after a flurry of North Korea missile launches

The defense chiefs from Japan, U.S. and South Korea met for the first time in two and a half years.  (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ministry of Defense)

SINGAPORE -- The U.S., Japan and South Korea will resume joint exercises as North Korea picks up the pace of its missile tests, the nations' defense chiefs said Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, South Korean Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-Sup and Japanese Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi agreed to hold the exercises after meeting in Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit.

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