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Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles ‘out of sky’ if it bought US weaponry

TOKYO: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” if it bought the US weaponry needed for doing so, suggesting Tokyo take a stance it has avoided until now. North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. It has fired two missiles over Japan. Trump, speaking after a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo…

China says nothing will stop its long-range air force drills

BEIJING: No amount of interference or shadowing of its aircraft will stop the Chinese air force from carrying out long-range drills, the defense ministry said, announcing another round of exercises of the type that have unnerved Taiwan and Japan. The air force carried out further long-range exercises on Thursday, the ministry said late that same day, without giving details of where they happened. Japan said it was concerned about bombers flying close to its territory. Such “normal” drills accord with international law…