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US to reaffirm nuclear umbrella over Japan – Nikkei Asian Review

This will mark the first meeting of the Security Consultative Committee #8212; also known as the #8220;two plus two#8221; format #8212; since April 2015 after a planned meeting last month was postponed. The talks in Washington will be attended by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis representing the U.S.

But some have argued that the growing threat from North Korea could make the nuclear umbrella a riskier proposition for the U.S. Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month, and American intelligence officials have concluded that the country has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit on a ballistic missile.

TOKYO #8212; The top diplomats and defense officials of Japan and the U.S. will meet Thursday to discuss North Korea as Washington seeks to demonstrate its determination to defend its ally by any means necessary, including nuclear weapons if need be.

This will not be the first time the topic has been addressed under Trump. A joint statement issued after a February summit stated that #8220;the U.S. commitment to defend Japan through the full range of U.S. military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, is unwavering.#8221; This marked the first appearance of the word #8220;nuclear#8221; in this context in an official Japan-U.S. document in some four decades, according to Japan#8217;s Foreign Ministry.

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