Trump tells Abe all options on table to handle N. Korea

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"Malaysia regrets this action which demonstrates North Korea's complete disregard for the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the world in general", it added.

North Korea launched a KN-15 missile in February - as President Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida.

The KN-15, known as "Pukguksong-2" in North Korea, uses pre-loaded solid fuel, which shortens launch preparation times, boosts its mobility and makes it harder for outsiders to detect ahead of liftoff.

The missile flew about 60 km (40 miles) from its launch site at Sinpo, a port city on North Korea's east coast, the South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. Analysts were trying to determine if the shorter distance meant Wednesday's launch was a failure.

South Korean officials said McMaster spoke with his counterpart in Seoul, Kim Kwan-jin, on Thursday morning to discuss the North's missile launch and the Trump-Xi summit. The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts Thursday, he said.

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United States officials said the missile launched on Wednesday appeared to be a liquid-fueled, extended-range Scud missile that only traveled a fraction of its range before spinning out of control. "I've joked before that they don't mind being hated but they definitely hate to be ignored".

US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said diplomatic and economic measures against North Korea have not had the results that people were expecting.

But in 2012 it reached an agreement with the United States to nearly triple the range of its ballistic missile systems to guard against the North's nuclear threats, and has since been developing missiles with longer ranges.

Kim Hong-kyun (L), South Korea's chief envoy on North Korea issues, poses for a photo with his United States and Japanese counterparts, Joseph Yun (C) and Kenji Kanasugi (R), during a meeting in Washington on February 27, 2017.

Photos taken by the club's patrons and later posted on Facebook captured Japanese and US officials responding in real-time to the incident, sparking criticism about why such important meetings were not conducted in a more secure location.

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North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls US hostility.

North Korea test-fired a missile into its eastern waters on Wednesday, the day before the China-U.S. summit is to begin.

Trump's top diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, last month during a trip to the region vowed a fresh strategy to counter the North Korean nuclear threat, admitting that all previous efforts had failed.

North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005.

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