North Korea seen intent on provocation but no sign of nuclear test

April 10, 2015 7:20 AM

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is intent on using missile launches to increase regional tension but it does not appear to be preparing for a fourth nuclear test or long-range missile launch, the U.S. and South Korean defense ministers said on Friday.

North Korea fired two surface-to-air missiles off its west coast just before U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter arrived in the region on Tuesday to visit staunch U.S. allies Japan and South Korea.

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