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S Korea on alert for missile test

South Korea and the US remain on high alert for a North Korean missile test. Pyongyang has stationed as many as five medium-range missiles on its east coast, according to defence assessments made by Washington and Seoul.

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Japan threatens to shoot down North Korean missiles

Japan has ordered its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards its territory, a military source told the AFP.

Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order, which will see Aegis destroyers equipped with sea-based interceptors missiles deployed in the Sea of Japan, the official said.

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