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North Korea says missile test simulated attack on South Korea ports, airfields SEOUL: North Korea said on Wednesday it had conducted a ballistic missile test that simulated preemptive strikes against South Korean ports and airfields used by the US military, likely referring to the launches of three missiles on Tuesday. The North's leader Kim Jong Un supervised the exercise that successfully tested the simulated detonation of nuclear warheads mounted on missiles, its official KCNA news agency reported. It did not give the date of the exercise, as it customarily reports activities of its leader without dates or locations. North Korea fired three ballistic missiles that flew between 500 km and 600 km (300-360 miles) into the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military said, the latest in a series of provocative moves by the isolated country."The drill was conducted by limiting the firing range under the simulated conditions of making preemptive strikes at ports and airfields in the operational theater in ...

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Beijing to hold South China Sea war games after ruling BEIJING: Beijing will close off access to part of the South China Sea for military drills, officials said Monday, after an international tribunal ruled against its sweeping claims in the waters.An area off the east coast of China's island province of Hainan will host military exercises from Tuesday to Thursday, China's maritime administration said on its website, adding that entrance was "prohibited".The area of sea identified is some distance from the Paracel islands and even ...

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5.0 magnitude quake shakes Tokyo TOKYO: A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Tokyo and large ares of eastern Japan Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.The quake hit at 1:24 pm (0424 GMT) with its epicentre at a relatively shallow depth of 40 kilometres in Ibaraki, northeast of the capital, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.No damage or injuries were immediately reported as buildings in Tokyo were shaken by the jolt."Shinkansen" bullet train ...

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Japan Abe orders new stimulus package after election win TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered a new round of fiscal stimulus spending after a crushing election victory over the weekend as evidence mounted the corporate sector is floundering due to weak demand.Abe did not give details on the size of the package, but Japanese stocks jumped nearly 4 percent and the yen weakened over perceptions a landslide victory in upper house elections now gives him a free hand to draft economic policy.An unexpected ...

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Japan ruling coalition expands majority in upper house: media TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was on track to expand its majority in upper house elections on Sunday, media projections showed, in a convincing victory despite lukewarm support for its policies.Abe, in power since late 2012, has yet to achieve a strong recovery in the world's third-largest economy through massive easy money and other steps -- so-called Abenomics.Voters have also expressed misgivings about his cherished dream of amending the country's war-renouncing constitution. ...

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Japan PM Abe says North Korea missile launch should be strongly condemned: Kyodo TOKYO: North Korea's firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile is a "clear challenge to U.N. Security Council resolutions," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday, according to Kyodo news agency.The launch comes a day after the U.S. and South Korea pledged to deploy an anti-missile system to counter threats from Pyongyang, and two days after the North warned it was planning its toughest response to what it deemed a "declaration of war" by the ...

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US State Dept condemns North Korea missile test SEOUL: The US State Department condemned North Korea's firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Saturday and said the missile test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions."We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments," the State Department said in a statement.The United States was monitoring the situation in close coordination with regional allies and partners, it ...