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(LEAD) N. Korea lifts highest combat alert: Seoul gov't source
SEOUL, May 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to have lifted its highest combat alert issued in March and completely withdrawn two mid-range missiles from its east coast, a senior government source here said Tuesday.

Escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula with near-daily bellicose rhetoric and actions, Pyongyang on March 26 put its missile and artillery units on the highest alert level, citing the need to protect its sovereignty against threats from South Korea and the United States.