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Isao Iijima passes through Beijing after his visit. Photo: AP

Japanese envoy's secret Pyongyang trip more worrying than missile launches

The firing of the missiles follows recent rhetoric from the Kim Jong-un regime threatening nuclear strikes against the US and moving the medium-range Musudan missiles to North Korea's east coast. The warnings led the United States, South Korea and Japan to boost defences and raised concern in Beijing, Pyongyang's biggest ally.