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China urges restraint after North Korea missile launches

China urges restraint after North Korea missile launches

Foreign Minister Wang Yi's warning came after a cascade of events that has sent regional tensions soaring, including provocative North Korean missile tests and annual US-South Korean war games that infuriate Pyongyang.

North Korea has regularly carried out actions in protest against the exercises, previous year firing seven ballistic missiles during them. Despite Chinese protests, the USA and South Korean governments have pushed forward with deployment of the Thaad battery, citing North Korea's continued provocations.

The missiles flew flew about 1000 kilometres in a possible retaliation by the reclusive state to joint US-South Korean drills that began last week.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council passed a statement that strongly condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile launches, calling them a "grave violation" of UN resolutions banning the country from developing missile technology.

"New Zealand strongly urges North Korea to cease such tests and abide by its global obligations".

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South Korea's military says North Korea has test-fired a handful of "unknown projectiles" off its West coast into its East coast waters, further rattling an already uncertain situation on the Korean peninsula under ongoing political drift in Seoul and a new American administration.

Two senior USA defense officials told NBC News on Monday that North Korea actually fired five missiles, not four, but that one of them failed to launch. While the two countries see these drills as purely defensive, North Korea views them as a provocation and a preparation for a war against the country.

North Korea has itself previously proposed such a deal, but the USA has not taken them up on the offer.

It has already suspended all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year.

An official from South Korea's Defense Ministry, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules, said that the equipment that arrived in South Korea included launchers, but didn't confirm how many.

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China warned the US and South Korea Tuesday of "consequences" over a sophisticated new missile defense system that the American military began deploying on the peninsula Monday.

Wang also expressed concern over deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) by the USA and South Korea (ROK).

While the United States insists that the system, known as THAAD, is aimed exclusively at defending South Korea from North Korean missiles, China has denounced it as a "clear, present and substantive threat to China's security interests".

USA president Donald Trump has previously accused China-the country with closest relations to North Korea-of not doing enough to rein in Kim Jong Un. -South Korean military drills.

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