Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denounced a series of brazen North Korean missile tests as a provocation that would heighten tension surrounding the isolated nation's nuclear drive, the Interfax news agency reported.
"We can say that the missile launches clearly do not contribute to a strengthening of trust-building measures in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin was quoted as saying.
North Korea test-launched six missiles including a long-range Taepodong in an early morning barrage Wednesday, violating its own seven-year moratorium on such launches and defying stern international warnings of retaliation.
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