North Korea moves missiles east, could threaten Japan or U.S.

 A North Korean soldier films military vehicles carrying missiles during a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 10, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

A North Korean soldier films military vehicles carrying missiles during a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 10, 2010.
Credit: REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

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By Ronald Popeski and Choonsik Yoo (Reuters) | Fri Apr 5, 2013 6:42am EDT

SEOUL - North Korea has placed two of its intermediate range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country in a move that could threaten Japan or U.S. Pacific bases, South Korean media reported on Friday.

The report could not be confirmed. But any such movement may be intended to demonstrate that the North, angry about joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises and the imposition of U.N. sanctions, is prepared to demonstrate its ability to mount an attack.

The North has said nuclear conflict could break out at any time on the Korean peninsula in a month-long war of words that has prompted the United States to move military assets into the region.

The tension with North Korea has roiled South Korean financial markets and top finance officials in Seoul warned they could have a long-term impact on markets.

(Additional reporting by Lim Seung-gyu, Hyunjoo Jin, Somang Yang and Peter Apps in London; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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