Kazakhstan along with UN Security Council condemn North Korea's missile launches

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Gary Samore, who served for four years as President Barack Obama's White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, said during a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee hearing that North Korea could have that capability in five year's time.

The North Korean news agency KCNA, whose pronouncements are usually regarded as propaganda for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said the launches early Monday were part of a drill to test potential strikes against "the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan". But the Trump administration has shown little interest in direct negotiations with Pyongyang since canceling unofficial talks between USA and North Korean representatives in NY this month.

The licenses needed to publish games in China have been frozen for South Korea, in a move by the Chinese government.

"We need to get things ready so that we are not in a panic if America's thinking suddenly changes", said former defence minister Itsunori Onodera in an interview in January. "But we failed to perform our duty to protect the dignity of the people and the Republic of Korea".

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Toner said China is "obviously concerned" about the threat to the region from North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Washington has tried to reassure Beijing about its strategic intentions since announcing the deployment last July.

Also on Tuesday, Trump pledged "very dire consequences" for Kim's provocations while affirming support for Japan and South Korea, which rely on the US military presence in North Asia.

Washington and Seoul say the system is defensive and not meant to be a threat to Beijing or Moscow. Determining the missiles were not targeting South Korea, the THAAD battery would send radar tracking data to US Navy warships equipped with the Aegis missile defense system sailing between South Korea and Japan.

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-South Korean military exercises that began in early March, warning they risked driving the peninsula and northeast Asia toward a "nuclear disaster", the Associated Press reported.

She is accused of improper connections to South Korea's biggest company, Samsung, whose chief, Lee Jae-yong, has been detained on charges of bribing Park's close confidante Choi Soon-sil.

Yang Xiyu, a former senior Chinese official who once oversaw the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program in the 2000s, says it's hard to predict what steps Beijing will take now that the deployment is under way. We're not going to leave South Korea standing there with the threat of North Korea facing them and not help.

But by being closer to North Korea, THAAD's radar could provide critical early tracking data to missile interception systems farther afield, such as those protecting Japan or U.S. bases in Guam, according to data from the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency. It will be Mr. Tillerson's first trip to the region since he took office a month ago as the top USA diplomat.

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Tillerson arrives in Tokyo on March 15; heads to Seoul on March 17, and on to Beijing on March 18. Authorities found evidence he was murdered using VX nerve agent, and sought to question a North Korean diplomat who has been holed up at the embassy. China is South Korea's largest trading partner, with the latter exporting up to $142 billion each year to the country.

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