What's changed with North Korea in five weeks since 'fire and fury'

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According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Cayetano - who will attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in NY - will consult other Southeast Asian foreign ministers on how to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

"Russia is deeply anxious over more provocative launches, which lead to further escalation of tensions on the peninsula", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Tass news agency as saying.

"Our Embassy in Tokyo and Consulate General in Osaka are closely monitoring the situation and are regularly providing updates to the Filipino community", said Cayetano.

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The Security Council also reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, and expressed its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, welcoming efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.

The Philippines has urged North Korea to stop its missile tests and head to the negotiation table instead, hours after Pyongyang launched another missile over Japan.

The marketplace is so far showing a very muted reaction to the news North Korea has fired another ballistic missile over Japan.

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"The launching drill was conducted with the aim at calming down the belligerence of the United States which has recently cried out for using military muscle against North Korea, and at bolstering up operation capability for attack and counterattack to counter it with swift and powerful military counteraction, examining the order to deal with nuclear warheads and confirming action procedure of actual war", said North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017.

Kim also said the country, despite "limitless" worldwide sanctions, has almost completed the building of its nuclear weapons force and called for "all-state efforts" to reach the goal and obtain a "capacity for nuclear counterattack the U.S. can not cope with".

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"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

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