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N. Korea moves missile with ‘considerable range’ to coast


North Korean Musudan-class missiles displayed during a 2012 military parade

South Korea‘s defence minister has confirmed that Pyongyang has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, but said there were no signs that North Korea was preparing for a full-scale conflict despite the continuing standoff.

The confirmation from Kim Kwan-jin came hours after North Korea’s military announced it had been authorised to attack the US using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons.

Kim said he did not know why the North had moved the missile, but suggested it “could be for testing or drills”.

He dismissed Japanese media speculation that the missile could be a KN-08, which is believed to be a long-range missile that – if operable – could hit the US.

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