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John Kerry is in South Korea to ease tensions; third missile test could happen at any time

John Kerry is in South Korea to ease tensions; third missile test could happen at any time

POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 3:41pm

Still no word this morning of a third missile test from North Korea - but the U.S. says that could happen any moment.

Secretary of State John Kerry lands in South Korea this morning to help our allies deal with the threat.

Kerry's aim is to reassure South Korea we've got their back, as the north continues to push patience in the region to its limit.

The Secretary of State landed in Seoul just miles from the border with North Korea.

Amid celebrations of its founders birth, the north is expected to test a missile any day now.

President Obama warns that now is the time to bring this to an end. "And to try to lower temperatures. Nobody wants to see conflict on Korean peninsula," declared the President.

The United Nations Secretary-General, at the White House Thursday, is counting on help from China.

"We hope that more of the countries, including China, who may have influence over North Korea, can exercise their leadership and influence so that this situation will be resolved peacefully," said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

On Capitol Hill, a lawmaker revealed that the defense intelligence agency thinks North Korea knows how to put a nuclear warhead on its missiles, though not reliably.

The Obama Administration says the capability is not fully tested and probably cannot reach the U.S., but North Korea keeps trying.

"That's why this is a very dangerous situation," said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Pictures of Japan's missile defense and our troops there also on high alert show a region on edge.

"We're all taking what I think is measured and proven steps to respond to some of this unacceptable rhetoric coming out of North Korea," said Major Gen. Andrew W. O'Donnell, Jr., U.S. Force, Japan

Rhetoric the U.S. and its allies hope doesn't turn into action.

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