**U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Arrives in Russia **
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Russia for talks on the war in Syria and other issues.
He is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Later, Kerry will hold a full bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. They are expected to discuss a wide range of issues including Syria, the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, Afghanistan and trade.
Kerry and Lavrov have met several times in the past few months, but this will be Kerry's first trip to Moscow since taking the post of secretary of state in February. The two-day visit comes ahead of next month's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Mr. Putin on the sidelines of the G-8 summit.
The United States and Russia have been at odds about how best to deal with the rebellion in Syria. Russia and China have repeatedly used their U.N. Security Council veto to block tougher United Nations action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
**NKorea Moves Missiles From Launch Site: US Officials**
U.S. officials believe North Korea has removed two mid-range missiles from imminent-launch status, in an apparent further easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Speaking anonymously late Monday, Washington defense officials said Pyongyang recently moved the two Musudan missiles from a launch site on the country's east coast. South Korean media are also reporting the move.
Washington had for weeks warned North Korea could launch the untested Musudan missiles, which have a range of up to 3,500 kilometers and could reach several U.S. targets in the region.
Daniel Russel, the White House Senior Director for Asian Affairs, says it is premature to celebrate the move as "good news," warning that U.S. officials cannot rule out a test.
North Korea has gradually reduced the intensity of its rhetoric, following weeks of threats of nuclear and conventional attacks against the U.S. and South Korea.
It also comes just before South Korean President Park Geun-hye meets Tuesday in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama, for talks likely to focus on Pyongyang.