North Korea fired four banned ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korean and Japanese officials. The communist state is banned by the UN from using missile technology.
US President Donald Trump has praised his own ability as an arbitrator, offering to mediate in the South China Sea dispute. However, diplomatic skills were not very evident in his latest taunt to North Korea.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stressed the need for reaching out to the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Duterte also said he would welcome Donald Trump as an "important leader" in his Manila trip next month.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed US President Donald Trump's North Korea policy. The two leaders agreed the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea was over and that "all options" were on the table.
Beijing is set to send a senior Communist Party official, Song Tao, to Pyongyang with the official task of reporting on the recent Party congress. China dismissed the claims the move was linked with Donald Trump's visit.
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