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N Korea at crossroads

Japan deploys 2 Aegis destroyers as North Korean ICBM test looms

As Pyongyang's deadline nears for US nuclear talks, Tokyo steps up monitoring

Aegis-equipped vessels can track missiles using radar. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Japan's Self-Defense Forces will have two Aegis-equipped ships conducting surveillance in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea, anticipating missile tests by North Korea around the new year.

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