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North Korea fires three ballistic missiles; China opposes THAAD

The SLBM flew about 500 kilometers into the Japan Air Defense Identification Zone, but military officials believe it would be able to strike targets over 2,000 kilometers away if fired properly.

China is now hosting the G20 summit, the highest profile gathering of world leaders.

But Monday's launch risks embarrassing its main ally Beijing, which has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure a smooth summit meeting in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

After the submarine-based launch, the Security Council called on United Nations member states to "redouble their efforts" to implement all United Nations sanctions imposed on the North.

Recently, North Korea conducted a test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Since her inauguration in February 2013, Park sought to enhance the relationship with Beijing that worsened under the preceding Lee Myung-bak government that focused unduly on its treaty alliance with the U.S.

"Mishandling the issue is not conducive to strategic stability in the region and could intensify disputes", Xi was quoted as telling Park Geun-hye, according to a report from China's official Xinhua News Agency.

In any case, the meetings themselves hold a crucial importance, according to Wang, particularly the one between presidents Xi and Park. "It is a defensive weapon for them a political tool for survival and some extent a tool of black mailing and tool to be secured, that is a logic for a cold war very unrealistic logic, that is not very appropriate in contemporary situation, but that is logic of North Korea and there is no other logic for them".

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Cautious optimism is emerging for South Korea-China relations following a critical summit between its leaders Monday as the neighbors try to move beyond the strain caused by the planned deployment of a USA anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula, analysts said.

Pyongyang's move led to a rare face-t0-face meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, who met on the sidelines of the summit after news of the missile launches broke.

The discussion - requested by council members Japan and the United States - is slated to begin at 11:30 am local time (1530 GMT) in NY, where the council will consider a response to the latest missile launches.

Park said a fourth nuclear test by North Korea this year followed by a series of missile tests had badly damaged peace in the region, posing a challenge to the development of Seoul-Beijing ties, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

05 de septiembre de 2016, 09:06Beijing, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) China reiterated its opposition to the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic system (THAAD) in South Korea.

Last month, North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile from the northeastern port of Sinpo.

On top of that, we should also note that South Korea's new North Korean human rights law took effect less than 24 hours ago, so this could be a dual-purpose armed protest by the North.

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