Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says North Korea has "repeated its provocations with unprecedented frequency", while the White House says it will coordinate with regional leaders on the missile test.
Asia-Pacific leaders have gathered in Bangkok for a two-day summit to focus on global economic woes but North Korea marred the opening of the talks with a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile test.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the host, urged participants at the Asia-Paciﬁc Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Friday summit to seek sustainable growth and development after economic and social challenges from Covid-19, climate crisis and geopolitical rivalries.
"We can no longer live like we did. We need to adjust our perspective, ways of life and ways of doing business," he said to an audience that included China's President Xi Jinping and US Vice President Kamala Harris.
Prayuth did not refer to North Korea's missile, which Japanese officials said landed just 200 kilometres off Japan and had sufficient range to reach the mainland of the United States.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is in Bangkok for the APEC meeting, told reporters that North Korea had "repeated its provocations with unprecedented frequency".
The White House said in a statement Harris would coordinate with regional leaders at the APEC meeting on the missile test.
Xi, warning against Cold War tensions in a region that is a focus for competition between Beijing and Washington, said on Thursday the Asia-Pacific was no one's backyard and should not become an arena of big power rivalry.
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It's THE day! On the agenda for the first session of the 29th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting: Leaders will share views on how APEC can ensure inclusive and equitable economic opportunities for all, at the same time pursue sustainable growth. #APEC2022Thailand— APEC Secretariat (@APEC) November 18, 2022
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Established to promote economic integration, APEC groups 21 economies that account for 38 percent of the global population, and 62 percent of gross domestic product and 48 percent of trade.
Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Thursday the APEC meeting was taking place at a "pivotal juncture" with the world facing multiple risks.
The APEC gathering is the third summit in the region in the past week. A Southeast Asian summit that included China, Japan and the United States was held in Cambodia while the Group of 20 (G20) nations met on the Indonesian island of Bali.
The earlier meetings were dominated by the war in Ukraine as well as tensions over Taiwan and the Korean peninsula.
Campaigners are keen to see leaders address food insecurity, surging inflation, climate crisis and human rights.
A reminder of such grassroot demands came as Thai anti-government protesters clashed with police about 10 kilometres from the summit venue after trying to overturn a police car plastered with posters of Prayuth and Xi, witnesses said.
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The 33rd APEC Ministerial Meeting has concluded. APEC ministers discussed steps to ensure the Asia-Pacific remains open to opportunity, reconnected with resumption of travel, balanced, prosperous, & with an emphasis on the well-being of the people & environmental sustainability. pic.twitter.com/jk6LtYSiwU— APEC Secretariat (@APEC) November 17, 2022