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AustraliaAust slams North Korea's missile launches

04:10  25 august  2019
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17 missile tests were conducted by North Korea throughout 2017. These tests ranged in success, and included first tests of the DPRK' s new missile , the Hwasong-12, which was the most-tested missile type over the course of the year.

There have been a number of North Korean missile tests. North Korea has also fired a number of short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea )

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The Australian government has condemned repeated missile launches since May by North Korea and urged other nations to keep up sanctions pressure on the regime.

Pyongyang fired another two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday.

Aust slams North Korea's missile launches© South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images South Korea's Hyunmu-2 ballistic missile is fired during an exercise aimed to counter North Korea's nuclear test.

The launches came as world leaders travelled to the French seaside resort of Biarritz for the G7 summit, which brings together the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada, with North Korea one of the global hot spots on the agenda.

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In a major show of defiance to the international community, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday.

Tillerson noted that “ North Korea ’ s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.” “These continued provocations only deepen North Korea ’ s diplomatic and economic isolation

For the first time, Australia has been invited to attend and Prime Minister Scott Morrison is due in France.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne urged Pyongyang to end the "provocative actions", saying the launches were a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

They also did nothing for regional peace and stability while raising the risk of a miscalculation.

"Australia once more calls on North Korea to choose the path of dialogue. We commend the commitment demonstrated by the United States and the Republic of Korea to continue talks with North Korea," Senator Payne said in a statement.

"Australia joins with many other nations in seeking permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, including the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea."

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• Satellite images show preparations for long-range launch • Japan puts self-defence forces on standby to intercept rocket• South says two short-range missiles launched on Wednesday.

The US detected a ballistic missile launch out of North Korea at approximately 10:45 am. ET on Friday, the Pentagon confirmed to CNN.

Denuclearisation talks between the US and North Korea have been stalled since a failed summit between the country's two leaders in February.

Senator Payne said Australia was committed to keeping up sanctions until North Korea takes clear steps towards denuclearisation. She called on all countries to fully implement the UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea.

Pictures: North Korea's missiles (Reuters)

Aust slams North Korea's missile launches

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