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North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into its eastern sea, its second launch in a week, following leader Kim Jong Un’s calls to expand its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international opposition.

  • Launch detected by South Korea, Japan
  • Repeated N.Korea tests "extremely regrettable": Japan PM
  • Last week N.Korea claimed test of "hypersonic missile"
  • U.S., partners condemn tests as significant threat

The United States and Japan on Friday voiced strong concern about China's growing might and pledged to work together against attempts to destabilise the region, including against emerging defence threats.

North Korea claimed Thursday to have conducted the second successful test flight of a hypersonic missile, days after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his military forces despite pandemic-related difficulties.

Australia and Japan will sign a treaty on Thursday to increase defense and security cooperation in a move that has been hailed as “historic” but which might anger China.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, its first weapons launch in about two months and a signal it isn’t interested in rejoining denuclearization talks anytime soon and would rather focus on boosting its weapons arsenal.

Taiwan air force jets screamed into the sky on Wednesday in a drill simulating a war scenario, showing its combat readiness amid heightened military tensions with China, which claims the island as its own.

  • Japan coastguard, S.Korean military report apparent missile test
  • N.Korea's Kim vowed to bolster defence in New Year address
  • S.Korea's Moon attends ceremony near disputed border
  • Repeated N.Korean missile tests 'very regrettable' - Japan PM

A senior Chinese arms control official denied Tuesday that his government is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, though he said it is taking steps to modernize its nuclear forces.

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