Japan, U.S., ROK Confirm Plans to Strengthen Cooperation against North Korea

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Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada speaks at a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada has reaffirmed a policy of strengthening security cooperation in a trilateral phone call with his U.S. and South Korean counterparts.

Hamada, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-Sup agreed Thursday to accelerate ongoing efforts to start real-time trilateral data sharing on North Korean missiles.

They confirmed they will develop a multi-year trilateral exercise plan, and also discussed drills to address regional security challenges.