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State Department Monitors North Korea Following Reports Of Missile Firings

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki speaks at the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington,DC on March 10,
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki speaks at the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington,DC on March 10, 2014. Washington called on Russia to prove that it was willing to act on a series of US proposals aimed at ending the crisis over Ukraine. US Secretary of State John Kerry had laid out a number of ideas to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and is prepared to take part in further talks 'if and when we see concrete evidence that Russia is prepared to engage on these proposals,' Psaki said. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, March 16 (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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