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China and Russia must take action over North Korea missile launches

As U.N. Security Council permanent members, they bear a heavy responsibility

The United Nations Security Council meets after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, at U.N. headquarters in New York on Oct.5.   © Reuters

On Oct. 6, two days after launching its longest-range missile yet, North Korea once again fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

On Monday, North Korean state media reported that the seven ballistic missiles the country has launched since late September were drills by the tactical nuclear weapons operational unit of the Korean People's Army. Kim Jong Un's regime has further deepened its reliance on nuclear weapons.

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