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South East Asia

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North Korea leader says missile test was ‘greatest success’: KCNA SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the "greatest success", Pyongyang's state media said Thursday.The results of Wednesday's launch proved the North had joined the "front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability" and that the US mainland and the operational theatre in the Pacific were now "within the striking range" of the North's army, KCNA news agency reported Kim as saying.The missile flew 500 kilometres (around 300 miles) towards Japan, marking what weapons analysts called a clear step forward for North Korea's nuclear strike ambitions.A proven SLBM system would take North Korea's nuclear strike threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a "second-strike" capability in the event of an attack on its military bases.Kim stressed the need for stepped-up efforts to mount nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles and to develop means to ...

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Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples YANGON: A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. Two girls, aged 7 and 15, were killed in Magway region where the ...

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China 'opposes' N.Korea's nuclear and missile development: FM TOKYO: Beijing opposes North Korea's nuclear and missile development, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday, hours after Pyongyang test-launched a ballistic missile from a submarine towards Japan."China is opposed to North Korea's nuclear and missile development process and is opposed to any actions that trigger tensions on the Korean peninsula," Wang told reporters after a meeting with the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea."China is opposed to any actions that violate UN Security ...

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North Korea test-fires sub-launched missile close to Japan SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched missile 500 kilometres (around 300 miles) towards Japan, marking what weapons analysts described as a clear step forward for its nuclear strike ambitions.The flight distance, which was tracked by South Korea's military Joint Chiefs of Staff, far exceeded any previous SLBM tests, suggesting significant progress in technical prowess.A proven SLBM system would take North Korea's nuclear strike threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the ...

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Australia to study drift of MH370 debris SYDNEY: Replicas of a large piece of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be set adrift and tracked by satellite in the hope of helping find the plane's crash site, Australian officials said Wednesday.Canberra is leading the search for the aircraft which vanished in March 2014 with 239 people onboard and is currently probing the Indian Ocean floor off the Australia's far west coast.In a regular update on the underwater search, which has ...

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Secret data leak hits French submarine maker SYDNEY: French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported on Wednesday.The 22,400 leaked pages, which the daily said it had seen, detail the combat capability of the Scorpene-class DCNS submarine designed for the Indian navy, variants of which are used by Malaysia and Chile.Brazil is also due to deploy the vessels ...

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North Korea test fires sub-launched missile: Seoul SEOUL: North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday, days after threatening a nuclear strike in retaliation at the start of large-scale South Korea-US military exercises.South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched from a submarine in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at around 5:50 am Seoul time (2050 GMT Tuesday).The brief statement gave no further details and offered no verdict on the success of the ...