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U.S. eyes trilateral deterrence talks with Japan and South Korea

Washington sees warmer Tokyo-Seoul ties as chance to bring allies closer

The U.S. has welcomed signs of a rapprochement between South Korean and Japan. (Nikkei montage)

WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- As Japan and South Korea move toward rapprochement on historical grievances, American officials are considering the possibility of a new three-way format for talks with East Asian allies on the U.S. nuclear umbrella.

The proposal announced Monday by Seoul to compensate Korean laborers who worked for Japanese companies during World War II hints at a thaw in the diplomatic chill between the neighbors.

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