Julie Bishop says firing ballistic missile over Japan a ‘threatening act’ but Australia stops short of calling it an act of war

The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has condemned North Korea’s latest missile test in the “strongest terms” and has urged all nations to impose the “harshest sanctions” against the regime.

He has called on China, for the second time this month, to use its unique economic leverage over North Korea to bring the regime to heel before tensions escalate dangerously on the Korean peninsula.

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