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North Korea's anniversary prompts watch for new provocation

Seoul, Washington on guard for missile launch, nuclear test Saturday

KENICHI YAMADA and TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- The impending anniversary of North Korea's founding has the South speculating that Pyongyang will use the occasion Saturday to show off the capabilities of its nuclear or missile programs even as the U.S. and others push for more drastic action against the regime.

Pyongyang chose that date last year to conduct its fifth nuclear test. North Korea watchers see three main options this time around.

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