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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

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SEOUL North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to "catastrophic consequences".

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PM Abe says North Korean missile launch grave threat to Japan 12:02pm BST

LONDON North Korea's decision to test-fire a ballistic missile represents a grave threat to Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in London on Saturday, calling on the United States and China to keep up pressure on Pyongyang.

REFILE-WRAPUP 6-N.Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure 11:59am BST

* Missile test appears to have failed for fourth straight time

UPDATE 1-PM Abe says North Korean missile launch grave threat to Japan 11:26am BST

LONDON, April 29 North Korea's decision to test-fire a ballistic missile represents a grave threat to Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in London on Saturday, calling on the United States and China to keep up pressure on Pyongyang.

China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage 5:43am BST

SHANGHAI China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing.

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U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone 1:58am BST

UNITED NATIONS U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force.

U.S. could speed up North Korea sanctions in response to missile test - official 1:46am BST

WASHINGTON The Trump administration could respond to North Korea's latest failed missile test by speeding up its plans for new U.S. sanctions against Pyongyang, including possible measures against specific North Korean and Chinese entities, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday.

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U.S. says 'major conflict' with North Korea possible, China warns of escalation 28 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control. | Video

UPDATE 1-N.Korea test-fires ballistic missile, appears to have failed - S.Korea 28 Apr 2017

SEOUL, April 29 North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday from a region north of its capital, but it appears to have failed, South Korea's military said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state's main ally, China.

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Asia weighs risk and reward in Trump 'bromance' with China's Xi 28 Apr 2017

BEIJING U.S. President Donald Trump's warm words for Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as a "good man" will reassure Beijing that he finally understands the importance of good ties, but risks leaving America's regional allies puzzling over where they fit into the new order.