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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 Council Resolution 2270," Wang added, referring to a resolution passed in March that condemns North Korea's military threats, including missile development and nuclear tests.He also said that the three ministers discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula.Japan and South Korea regularly condemn Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile development, but are frustrated by what they see as a lack of pressure on the country by the North's economic lifeline China.The trilateral meeting of the foreign ...

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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 ...

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Fraud suspect wanted by China pays $31mn to end NZ probe WELLINGTON: A Chinese-born businessman has agreed to pay New Zealand authorities US$31 million to settle their money laundering investigation into him, although he remains wanted by Beijing over the alleged multi-million-dollar fraud.William Yan, 45, holds New Zealand citizenship and denies any wrongdoing. Although he was never charged in New Zealand with money-laundering, China still considers him one of the country's most-wanted suspects.New Zealand police said Tuesday they have frozen assets worth NZ$42.85 million (US$31.22 million) ...

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Ex-Singapore president Nathan dies SINGAPORE: Former Singapore president S. R. Nathan, whose colourful career included stints as a spymaster and diplomat, died in hospital on Monday, the government said in a statement.The 92-year-old veteran public servant, who was closely associated with Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, was hospitalised on July 31 after suffering a cerebral stroke."The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are sad to learn of the passing of Mr S. R. Nathan and would like to ...