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US and Japan set cabinet-level 'two-plus-two' meeting for July

North Korea to lead agenda for foreign affairs, defense ministers

| North Korea

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan are closing in on a July date for key cabinet-level talks where top diplomatic and defense officials are expected to discuss the North Korean missile threat, says a Japanese government source.

The Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee, also known as the "two-plus-two" meeting, will be the first under President Donald Trump. The officials are expected to primarily discuss deploying the land-based Aegis anti-missile system, as well as other avenues to strengthen defenses against Pyongyang's ballistic capabilities.   

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