1. Japan’s Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper have reaffirmed their countries’ close cooperation on North Korea.
  2. North Korea’s state-run media say the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, oversaw the launch of a new type of tactical guided missile on Tuesday.
  3. Japan’s Cabinet ordinance to remove South Korea from a list of nations entitled to simplified export-control procedures.       The ordinance will take effect on August 28th.