The North’s official Korean Central News Agency did not specify what type of weapon was involved in the test. File Photograph: KCNA/EPA

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Japan’s defence ministry drill on deployment of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air guided interceptors: Japan is in a region with some of the world’s fastest-growing military budgets. Photograph: Kyodo News via Getty Images

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