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Officials from the three countries conducted a conference call late Thursday to discuss the Kim Jong Un regime's test-firing of a possible KN-15 missile, also known as Pukguksong-2, which flew about 37 miles before hitting global waters with a maximum altitude of over 117 miles Wednesday.

The Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch and demanding a halt to all missile tests that violate United Nations sanctions "and are significantly increasing tension in the region and beyond".

The European Union asked North Korea to "cease its provocations and to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs", and to begin talks with the worldwide community.

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North Korea is ready to deliver the "most ruthless blow" if provoked by the United States, its ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday, after President Trump pledged to keep building up defences against Pyongyang. It has conducted five nuclear tests - two since the beginning of past year - and scores of missile tests. Washington says it failed. The big question, however, is whether North Korea is in fact so very unsafe.

For now a unified peninsula seems remote, even though leading liberal candidates running in South Korea's special presidential election on May 9 have talked about taking a softer line on North Korea. President of the think tank, Ralph Cossa said they were expecting the nuclear test to coincide with the Trump-Xi summit.

January 6, 2016: North Korea says it successfully tests a hydrogen bomb. Indeed, this year is off to the races, with three missiles launched and a new inter-continental ballistic missile engine tested to date.

On Friday US warships in the Mediterranean Sea launched dozens of missiles at a Syrian airbase which the pentagon said was involved in a chemical attack earlier in the week. Analysts foresee the shorter fire as a failure on the part of the new missile.

Images of the aftermath of the strike released by the Pentagon show that the air base's runways - which the U.S. suspects Syrian forces used to launch the aircraft that carried out the deadly chemical attack - were unharmed by the cruise missiles, while aircraft hangars bore the brunt of the damage.

North Korea launched a projectile on Wednesday, which USA officials said appeared to be a liquid-fuelled, extended-range Scud missile that only travelled a fraction of its range before spinning out of control and crashing into the sea.

February 12, 2017: North Korea fires intermediate-range Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile into nearby seas.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, meanwhile, lauded the effectiveness of Japanese sanctions, saying: "In 2005, imports from North Korea to Japan were worth 15 billion yen (S$190 million) and exports 7 billion yen".

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