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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions about North Korea's missile launch Wednesday at his official residence in Tokyo.

Latest missile launch tests 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Japan, US wary of conciliatory South Korea breaking with united front

| China

TOKYO -- Japan, together with the U.S. and South Korea, will continue to exert "maximum pressure" on North Korea in the wake of Wednesday's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile the rogue regime claims can strike any part of the continental U.S.

But the latest act of provocation threatens to exacerbate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, a prospect that could test Seoul's commitment to the hard-line approach.

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