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    The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) is launched during a test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

    Japan Plans to Urge South Korean Special Envoy to Step Up Pressure on DPRK

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    The Japanese government plans to ask recently appointed South Korean Special Envoy Moon Hee-sang to jointly increase pressure on Pyongyang at the upcoming talks later this week in the light of North Korea’s nuclear missile tests, local media reported Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday morning, North Korea officially confirmed that it had conducted the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile a day before. The missile fell into the Sea of Japan outside of Japan's special economic zone. The missile reached an altitude of 2,000 kilometers (1,245 miles), the first time for was reached for the first time.

    South Korea’s special envoy is expected to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during his visit to discuss the most topical issues of bilateral relations, particularly the crisis on the Korean peninsula, the NHK broadcaster reported.

    The Japanese officials are not willing to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang and instead want to use more power in alliance with Seoul, according to the broadcaster.

    North Korea has carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests in recent months, all of which are considered to be in violation of the UN Security Council resolution. Pyongyang's provocations are also seen as a threat by its neighbors, Japan and South Korea, and their allies.

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