Japan, Australia to discuss N. Korea

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan and Australia will hold a so-called two-plus-two meeting of their foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo on Thursday, the Japanese government said Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada hope to reaffirm the two countries’ cooperation with their Australian counterparts, Julie Bishop and Marise Payne, amid heightening tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear development.

The participants are also expected to exchange views on China’s maritime activities in the South China Sea.

It will be the seventh such talks held between Japan and Australia, the last time being in November 2015.

One-on-one talks between both countries’ foreign and defense ministers also will take place.Speech

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