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North Korea’s apparent preparation to test a long-range ballistic missile is merely a ploy to bring Washington back to the negotiating table, a leading expert on the Korean Peninsula said Wednesday in Tokyo.

“The greatest fear for North Korea is to be ignored by the U.S. Testing a Taepodong-2 is an attempt to demonstrate what it will do in such a case,” said Masao Okonogi, a professor of political science at Keio University.

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