North Korea test-fires missile into sea ahead of Trump-Xi summit

The reclusive state has also conducted two nuclear weapons tests since January 2016.

A senior US White House official said Trump wanted to work with China and described the discussions over North Korea as a test for the US-Chinese relationship.

Beijing, increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile activities, has announced a suspension of all coal imports from the North until the end of the year. China will likely continue with its current policy of economically and militarily supporting the North Korean regime while, at the same time, ostensibly supporting sanctions against that regime for its nuclear weapons program.

"China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won't", Trump added.

Any launch of objects using ballistic missile technology is a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

It comes a day after the North fired its own ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan - which analysts dubbed a warning ahead of a China-US summit, at which Pyongyang's accelerating atomic weapons programme is set to top the agenda.

But unlike the KN-15, which uses solid fuel, the missile fired Wednesday used liquid fuel and was sacked from a fixed location, rather than a mobile launcher, the official said.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday that "the United States has seen China for 25 plus years say that they're concerned about North Korea, but we haven't seen them act like they're concerned about North Korea".


North Korea on Wednesday launched a ballistic missile, which flew for some 60 km before falling into the Sea of Japan, the South Korean military said. "Until their nuclear and missile programs reach a point where they feel it could be used as a deterrent against the United States, the North probably won't show strong willingness for talks".

"I've joked before that they don't mind being hated, but they definitely hate to be ignored", Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Honolulu, said after Wednesday's launch.

"The launch of a single ballistic missile occurred at a land-based facility near Sinpo", the Command said in a statement.

STABILITY "A MUST" Speaking to news.com.au last month regarding how Trump will handle the North Korean issue, Brendan Thomas-Noone a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, said conflict was the last thing the region needed.

The North's latest missile launch also came during annual military drills between the United States and South Korea.

"If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will", Trump told the Financial Times.

"North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile". He said it did not fall within Japan's exclusive economic zone, Xinhua news agency reported.

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