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North Korea Denounces Japan's Defense Plan

North Korea has lashed out at Japan's new defense guidelines.

An editorial in the official Rodon Sinmun newspaper Sunday says Japan has adopted the so-called "U.S. vicious hostile policy" toward North Korea, and is joining in U.S. efforts to "stifle" the Pyongyang government.

Japan's new defense plan, adopted in December, eased a ban on weapons exports, allowing the country to pursue a missile defense program with Washington. The plan also singled out the threats posed by North Korean missiles.

The North Korean comments follow a meeting in Washington Saturday top diplomatic and defense officials from both the United States and Japan. The two sides issued a joint statement saying North Korea's nuclear program poses a serious challenge to the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.