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Japan protests over 'extremely problematic' North Korea missile launch

North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its east coast into the sea off the Peninsula, South Korea's military said.

FILE: North Korea test launches a new ballistic missile. Picture: AFP.

TOKYO - North Korea's latest missile launch on Wednesday was "extremely problematic", and Japan had lodged a strong protest over its nuclear-armed neighbour, Japan's top government spokesperson said.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that Japan absolutely can not tolerate North Korea's repeated provocative actions.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its east coast into the sea off the Peninsula, South Korea's military said, a day ahead of a summit between US and Chinese leaders who are set to discuss Pyongyang's arms programme.

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