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Japan and Australia on Wednesday pressed North Korea to abstain from provocative acts amid growing speculation that it may test-launch a long-range ballistic missile soon.

In a meeting in New York, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, also affirmed they oppose any unilateral attempt to force a change in the status quo in the South China Sea, effectively criticizing Beijing’s island-building in the disputed waters, according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry official.

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