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Published: Monday March 17, 2014 MYT 5:42:13 AM
Updated: Monday March 17, 2014 MYT 5:43:53 AM

U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from provocative actions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Songdowon International Children's Camp now being remodelled, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang February 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Songdowon International Children's Camp now being remodelled, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang February 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Sunday called on North Korea to refrain from provocative actions following reports Pyongyang had fired 10 short-range missiles into the sea off the east of the Korean peninsula.

"We are closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a brief statement. "We once again call on North Korea to refrain from provocative actions that aggravate tensions."

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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