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North Korea missile test: US allies discuss steps

WASHINGTON: Defence chiefs from the US, South Korea and Japan have vowed to strengthen intelligence sharing after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile.
In a conference call, the US reaffirmed its commitment to the security of its two allies, the South’s defence ministry said in a statement. South Korean news agency Yonhap also said US F-22 stealth fighters and a nuclear-powered submarine would join military exercises next month.
The UN has also condemned the test.
North Korea is banned by the UN from any tests of nuclear or missile technology and has been hit by five sets of UN sanctions since its first nuclear test in 2006.
The Security Council called it a grave violation of UN resolutions and urged members to “redouble their efforts” to enforce sanctions on North Korea.
“The members of the Security Council deplore all the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ballistic missile activities, including these launches,” it said in a statement.
Japan, the US and South Korea called for the emergency UN Security Council meeting.
Following North Korea’s fifth nuclear test in September, the Security Council adopted a resolution in December which, if fully enforced, would sharply restrict coal and metal exports from the country.



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