China Relations: US, Japan and S Korea discuss North before summit

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The missile allegedly malfunctioned shortly after launching, causing it to spin out of control and crash into the sea.

The council unanimously adopted the statement of condemnation as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Florida for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump. When conducting nuclear and missiles tests in recent years, it has cited what it calls increasing US military threats.

But the ADD shortened the flight range, however, due to the space limit.

Three missiles landed in waters in Japan's economic exclusion zone, which extends 200 miles from its shoreline.

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Following North Korea's test of four missiles last month, Trump affirmed Washington's "ironclad commitment" to Japan and South Korea. The missile defense agency says those have now been fixed.

South Korean authorities later admitted that "significant progress" in the North's missile technology was exhibited. North Korea attempted to fire an unidentified ballistic missile towards the end of March; however, the missile exploded seconds after launch.

The U.S. test will attempt to shoot down a target that replicates for the first time the speed, trajectory and closing velocity of an ICBM.

In a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, Trump again said that all options were on the table when it came to North Korea's continued missile tests.

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"Yes, we will talk about North Korea", Trump told the Financial Times over the weekend.

China is North Korea's sole major diplomatic friend and a key trading partner that supplies the isolated state with much of its hard currency in the face of stringent global sanctions. While submarines are a stealthy way to do that, North Korea doesn't have enough of them. "And if they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don't it won't be good for anyone".

Abe told reporters at his official residence he was watching to see how China would respond to Pyongyang after Xi meets Trump at the USA leader's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force General John Hyten, told a Senate panel this week that "although North Korea is not an existential threat", it's "the most risky and unpredictable actor in the Pacific region".

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The idea that the U.S. could deprive Pyongyang of its "nuclear deterrent" through sanctions is "the wildest dream", it said.

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