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Possible missile shield
Japan and the United States are hoping their missile-defense initiative will soon take flight. The two countries are set to meet for December 16 ministerial security talks at the US State Department. In a joint statement, they will urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons development program, as well as strive for a more general prevention in the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Also on the agenda is the possible logistic support by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in case of a US attack on Iraq. The US has asked Japan to accelerate development of its missile defense system.