Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

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Many weapons experts say the North could have a functioning nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental US within a few years.

This photo taken on February 12, 2017 and released on February 13 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the launch of a surface-to-surface medium long-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2 at an undisclosed location.

Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, a day before the Trump-Xi summit, where North Korea's increasingly defiant arms programme was set to take centre stage. -South Korean military drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric.

It was the fourth time the Security Council has adopted a press statement on North Korea. The North has defied the ban, saying it infringes its sovereign rights to self defence and the pursuit of space exploration. The Japanese chief cabinet secretary said that Tokyo will not tolerate "Pyongyang's provocative actions". South Korea and Japan - both important players in the global economy and close United States partners - are under immediate threat, whereas China and Russia, North Korea's two northern neighbours, are global nuclear powers with their own interests in the dispute. Seoul called a National Security Council meeting and vowed to respond strongly in case of further provocations.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed Pyongyang had launched "yet another" ballistic missile. -China summit in Florida will be whether Trump will make good on his threat to use crucial trade ties with China to pressure Beijing to do more to rein in Pyongyang.

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Last night, a senior-level White House official said that Trump and Xi discussed how to deal with North Korea.

North Korea was delisted as a state sponsor of terrorism in 2008 as part of an agreement with President George W. Bush's administration to scale back its nuclear weapons program. It wasn't immediately known if the much shorter distance of Wednesday's flight meant a failed launch.

North Korea now has the strength to "wipe out" the United States "in a moment" with an H-bomb, the editorial said. "There's really no need for Tillerson to react every time when North Korea does something". Earlier in March, it fired four missiles towards Japan, some of which came as close as 300 km (190 miles) to the Japanese coast.

Four people were also added to a list of persons targeted by the European Union measures "for being responsible for supporting or promoting the DPRK's nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes".

US and South Korean officials had previously said the missile was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile.

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