NATO nations agree to submit action plans

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BRUSSELS (AP) - NATO's chief said member nations have agreed to submit by December action plans on how they aim to meet the military alliance's defense spending goals.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the plans would lay out how they expect to move toward spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

The plans also would detail the types of military equipment the countries want to purchase and how they intend to contribute to NATO operations.

Stoltenberg said NATO defense ministers would review the plans in February.

The agreement follows U.S. President Donald Trump's vocal insistence that NATO members need to contribute more toward their own defense.

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