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A statement issued by the White House in Washington termed North Korea's nuclear efforts as unacceptable and called for stronger sanctions against the country. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said repeated missile tests by Pyongyang pose a grave threat to the region.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne described the test launch as a provocative move.

Chinese Foreign Ministry urged North Korea to avoid increasing tensions in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the missile test would rise further tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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