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U.S., in nod to Tokyo, to send more ships to Japan, prods China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera attend their joint news conference at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo April 6, 2014. The United States will deploy two additional destroyers equipped with missile defense systems to Japan by 2017, in a move Hagel said on Sunday was a response in part to North Korean missile launches that have alarmed the region. REUTERS/Issei Kato

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera attend their joint news conference at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo April 6, 2014. The United States will deploy two additional destroyers equipped with missile...more

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera attend their joint news conference at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo April 6, 2014. The United States will deploy two additional destroyers equipped with missile defense systems to Japan by 2017, in a move Hagel said on Sunday was a response in part to North Korean missile launches that have alarmed the region. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) speaks as Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (3rd R) listens during their meeting at the defense ministry in Tokyo April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) speaks as Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (3rd R) listens during their meeting at the defense ministry in Tokyo April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) speaks as Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (3rd R) listens during their meeting at the defense ministry in Tokyo April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eugene Hoshiko/Pool
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