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U.S. weighs more military exercises with Japan and South Korea

New North Korean nuclear test would not be a surprise: Air Force commander

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan joins Japanese and South Korean ships for a joint exercise in the Sea of Japan on Sept. 30. (Japan's Ministry of Defense via Kyodo)

HONOLULU, U.S. -- The U.S. may conduct more military drills with allies Japan and South Korea in response to a recent spate of North Korean ballistic missile launches, an Air Force commander told reporters traveling with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Hawaii.

The latest launches took place Saturday morning, with North Korea firing two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan from near Pyongyang, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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