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Senior Japanese and U.S. diplomats agreed Monday to strengthen coordination in responding to North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear and missile technology amid signs the reclusive state may conduct a fifth nuclear test.

“We need to continue to take effective measures against North Korea, always keeping in mind that the country may conduct further provocative acts,” Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki told reporters after his talks with Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Tokyo.

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