S Korea on alert for missile test

South Korea and the US remain on high alert for a North Korean missile test. Pyongyang has stationed as many as five medium-range missiles on its east coast, according to defence assessments made by Washington and Seoul.

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Ban Ki-moon: Korea tensions could slip out of control

Ban Ki-moon has met Pope Francis in Italy. Credit: Matt Dunham/PA Archive/Press Association Images

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that the tensions between North and South Korea could become “uncontrollable”.

He said: "The current level of tension is very dangerous. A small incident caused by miscalculation or misjudgment may create an uncontrollable situation."

Speaking in Rome, he said he had urged North Korean authorities to refrain from "provocative rhetoric" and asked neighbouring countries to try to exert their influence on Pyongyang.

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