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North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan

The Pentagon says Wednesday's test was of an extended-range Scud missile that suffered an in-flight failure before crashing into the sea.

South Korea agreed Friday to further strengthen trilateral military partnerships with the United States and Japan to counter North Korea's missile threats, Seoul's defense ministry said.

It remained unclear as of Thursday morning what retaliatory action the USA was prepared to take against North Korea, though it appeared a military response wouldn't be unrealistic under the Trump administration.

The North, who had home advantage and are ranked 10th in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association to the South's 17th, were favourites to win.

North Korea has threatened pre-emptive strikes on USA and allied military installations in response to what it calls political, military and economic pressure and provocations - a sign of growing concern in Pyongyang over Washington's shows of strength.

Despite Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's stark warning during his first East Asia trip last month of pre-emptive strikes, Pyongyang launched another ballistic missile test on Wednesday, fuelling fears that the North could master within two to three years the technology needed to hit NY and Washington with a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile. In brief comments televised nationally, Abe also said Trump had told him all options were on the table.

"There are many things that can go wrong with a missile launch, but it would be impossible to tell from outside if something had affected the internal guidance or control systems", Mr Gatling told The Telegraph.

"I've joked before that they don't mind being hated but they definitely hate to be ignored", Cossa said.

North Korea published photos after the test that demonstrated "a very challenging technology for us" to detect before launch, he said. Other analysts attribute North Korea's unsuccessful missile launches to poor-quality missiles, unreliable equipment, and incompetence.

The Council took these additional restrictive measures considering that the actions of the DPRK violate multiple UNSC resolutions and constitute a grave threat to worldwide peace and security in the region and beyond.

Global eyes have been on North Korea since 2006 when it began conducting a series of nuclear weapons tests, but recent events have led to increased attention from several countries.

"If we are serious about solving this issue, we need to tackle the root of it", she said at a regular news briefing. "China wants to make efforts with all sides involved, to make denuclearization a reality, and ensure peace in the region".

The latest launch was a "grave violation" of Pyongyang's obligations under United Nations resolutions, it said.

The tensions between Japan and North Korea have increased following a number of successful mid-range missile launches by North Korea in March, one of which fell about 200 km off the Japanese coast.

South Korea scored a victory against arch rival the North in a rare ice hockey match Thursday, in a game that resonated beyond the sportsfield.

The US recently said it would take possible unilateral action against Pyongyang if China, the North's main ally, failed to help pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear and possibly missile programs. It fired four ballistic missiles into Japanese waters in February.

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