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Russia on high alert for possible clash in North Korea

Troops reportedly moving to border in likely attempt to block refugees

TAKAYUKI TANAKA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Reports that Russia is moving troops to its border with North Korea have fueled speculation that the Kremlin is preparing for a military crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Locals in the Russian Far East have apparently witnessed tanks and other assets moving toward the border. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russia's president, did not directly comment on the reports on Friday, saying that domestic troop deployment does not fall into "the category of public affairs," and that all countries respond to global developments for their own security.

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