North Korea test-fires missile ahead of Trump's meeting with Chinese leader

Abe said he and Trump also "frankly exchanged opinions" over the issue of Syria as well as North Korea, following Thursday's US military strike on a Syrian military airfield from which a chemical attack was allegedly launched, killing dozens of civilians including children.

"The Syria attack thoroughly reminds us the fact that it is absolutely risky to have any illusions about imperialism and only military power of our own will protect us from imperialistic aggression", he added. The U.S. military said the missile appeared to be an intermediate range ballistic missile.

Hagiuda said that given the Trump-Xi meeting, the Japanese and US leaders discussed how Japan, the United States, South Korea and China should deal with North Korea while working with one another.

The 60 kilometers is a relatively short flight compared with the distances that other North Korean missiles flew.

North Korea fired an apparent ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea's military said early Wednesday.

Professor Song said he certainly hoped that the present crisis might blow over instead of temperatures rising to the point whereby one side orders their military onto the offensive - although, like a good number of South Koreans, he has not always been completely opposed to the concept. Many weapons experts say the North could have a functioning nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental US within a few years.

Another option is to target and kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and other senior leaders in charge of the country's missiles and nuclear weapons and decision-making. Hayden, speaking about the problem the United States faces in eliciting Chinese assistance in wrangling North Korea, noted that Beijing treats the North Korean problem as a "toothache", but has so far avoided going in for a "root canal" to solve the problem, preferring painkillers. "We have no further comment", he said in a statement.

Russian Federation and USA to maintain hotline to prevent midair collisions over Syria
On CNN, Risch was asked whether those images also changed his own mind about accepting Syrian refugees into this country. Trump continued, "Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children".

One should conduct a dialogue with North Korea, first deputy head of the International Committee of the Federation Council, Vladimir Jabarov believes.

Analysts say North Korea might time nuclear and long-range rocket tests to the April 15 birthday of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the late grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un.

The "reckless actions" are driving the tense situation on the Korean peninsula "to the brink of a war", a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency.

The U.S. Pacific Command said the missile from a land-based facility near the North Korean city entered the Sea of Japan at 6:51 a.m., adding that initial assessments show it was a "KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile".

The North has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them a year ago - and expert satellite imagery analysis suggests it could well be preparing for a sixth.

The spotlight's turn from Syria to North Korea carries benefits as well as risks for the Trump administration, now nearing its 100-day mark. McMaster said of the deployment on Fox News Sunday.

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