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However, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters last week that there were no large-scale troops movements in North Korea or China. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden also told reporters there were no unusual troops movements last week, a comment contradicted by news reports.

Several newsletters and blogs disputed the Free Beacon’s reporting on the Chinese military movement, incorrectly asserting there were no unusual troop movements.

The Nelson Report, a newsletter that reflects liberal State Department officials’ views, dismissed unspecified reports of Chinese troop mobilization as “rumors.” The newsletter quoted a source “up on the China-North Korea border” April 5 saying, “Chris, the only thing ‘massing’ up here is the news media. Hasn’t been any PLA movement or reinforcement worth mentioning. The whole story is nonsense.”

Nelson did not return emails seeking comment.

The Foreign Policy blog “Passport” reported April 1 that Carney was “pushing back” against a report in the Free Beacon on North Korean missile movements and asserting North Korea “has not altered its military posture” amid heightened tensions.

“Despite the harsh rhetoric we are hearing from Pyongyang, we are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture such as large-scale mobilizations and positioning of forces,” Carney said April 1.

Four days later, asked about the missile movements, Carney said: “We’ve obviously seen the reports that North Korea may be making preparations to launch a missile, and we’re monitoring this situation closely, and we would not be surprised to see them take such an action.”

Commenting on the Free Beacon’s report, blogger John Hudson wrote that another spokesman “reiterated that all was quiet in North Korea.”

“Jay mentioned a couple examples, but his broad point was that we are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture,” National Security Council spokeswoman told Foreign Policy.

However, a day later, reports contradicted the statements indicating North Korea was moving two Musudan missiles.

The Foreign Policy report suggested the Free Beacon report was tenuous because it “did not display the satellite imagery relevant to its report.”