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    China Urges Pyongyang to Suspend Missile Tests

    They’re trying to avert catastrophe. China’s called on North Korea to “defuse a looming crisis” by stopping its aggressive missile launches, while also suggesting that joint U.S.-South Korean military drills are a provocation to Pyongyang. China has likewise condemned the new U.S. missile defense system deployed in South Korea this week, saying American power is encroaching unnecessarily in Asia. Meanwhile, key financial messaging service Swift has banned three North Korean state banks, which were already officially blacklisted from the service — further isolating the Hermit Kingdom from international commerce.

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