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Pyongyang launch likely ‘at any time’: Seoul official

ON GUARD:Seoul has stepped up monitoring of the North, while seeking help from China and Russia to ease tensions. A US admiral says Pyongyang has moved missiles

Reuters, SEOUL and WASHINGTON

Yun said he was coordinating with China and Russia “to make efforts to persuade North Korea to change its attitude.”

China is North Korea’s sole major ally, although its influence over Pyongyang is open to question. Moscow backed North Korea in Soviet times, though its influence has waned.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman issued a fresh appeal for restraint, but said nothing about any possible effort to bring about a change in the North’s policy.

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