Pyongyang has launched ballistic missiles into the sea in response to the new round of sanctions imposed by South Korea and the West. The North has also announced an end to all joint commercial projects with the South.
The US and South Korea are conducting joint war games while diplomats discuss what to do about Pyongyang's nuclear program. Thus far, Donald Trump's behavior has made Washington's North Korea policy hard to decipher.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a North Korean letter to parliament "basically a rant" against Donald Trump. Turnbull praised China, saying the letter showed that fresh sanctions were hitting Pyongyang hard.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is set for a two-thirds majority in Sunday's election, according to exit polls. Abe says his imminent task is to deal with the crisis over North Korea.
Nearly two years after the Kaesong industrial park was shut down in protest at Pyongyang's nuclear program, output resumes as North Korea seeks new ways around international sanctions. Julian Ryall reports.
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