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Tensions between Tokyo and Beijing also remain high over disputed East China Sea islands, while China and South Korea also have frayed recently after Seoul approved the deployment of a USA missile defense system against North Korea's threats that Beijing says will harm its security.

North Korea on Tuesday requested a meeting of the U.N. Security Council over the U.S.

Yesterday North Korea conducted another weapons test, a highly escalatory firing of its new submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM.

He warned the US and South Korea to refrain from "hurting the dignity and security of North Korea" if it wants to avoid deadly strikes.

Wang said the three neighbors, despite problems and difficulties among them, should work together to deal with regional threats like North Korea's missile and nuclear ambitions.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Pyongyang's January nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch in February resulted in the tightening of sanctions against North Korea in a new UN Security Council resolution adopted in March.

The missile was sacked at a high angle, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, an indication that its full range would be 1,000 km (620 miles) at an ordinary trajectory. South Korea and the United States.

South Korea's military said the missile, launched in the early morning from a submarine in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) - a substantial improvement on similar tests in the past.

Seoul officials condemned the launch as an "armed protest" against the start of annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that North Korean calls an invasion rehearsal.

Wednesday's launch marked the sixth time that North Korea has tested its SLBM capabilities after its first attempt in May 2015 and the third launch of its kind this year.

"The U.S. commitment to the defense of our allies including the Republic of Korea and Japan in the face of these threats remains ironclad", she said.

North Korea already has a variety of land-based missiles that can hit South Korea and Japan, including US military bases in those countries.

China is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with Japan and South Korea, both important members of G20, to make the summit a conference that boosts confidence, helps building consensus and guides future directions, and makes due contribution to promoting world economic development and improving global economic governance, said Wang.

The DPRK already has a variety of land-based missiles that can hit South Korea and Japan, including USA military bases in those countries.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch an "impermissible and outrageous act" that poses a grave threat to Japan.

About 28,500 US troops are based in South Korea and tens of thousands of more in Japan.

North Korea usually responds to regular South Korea-U.S. military drills with weapons tests and fiery warlike rhetoric.