North Korea bans flights, sailing off coasts, indicating possible drills

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A North Korean navy patrol boat is seen near Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A North Korean navy patrol boat is seen near Mount Kumgang resort in Kumgang September 1, 2011.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has set no-fly and no-sail zones off its east and west coasts that indicates it will conduct major military drills, but test firing of short-to-medium-range missiles cannot be ruled out, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday.

"The North's military ... is preparing large-scale combined military exercises so it may have blocked off the areas for nautical firing or fighter jet firing exercises," Yonhap quoted a South Korean government source as saying.

"But the firing of missiles cannot be ruled out."

One of North Korea's top generals, in a rare appearance on state television on Tuesday, said Pyongyang had torn up its armistice deal with Washington and threatened military action against the U.S. and South Korea if military drills between the two countries continued. The military exercises began on March 1.

(Reporting by Choonsik Yoo and Jack Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments (3)
4stripes wrote:
My ONLY concern is the innocents who will perish if this fat little kid decides to take on the world by himself. Consider how he may have been raised….everything and anything he ever did was considered genius. He may well believe all that bull hockey. He wouldn’t be the first despot who thought he was smart. He isn’t and is far over his head, but does he realize that and do those old generals surrounding him have the nerve to tell him? Perhaps not. That being the case, I fear millions may die because of this pugnacious little punk.

Mar 07, 2013 10:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4stripes wrote:
My ONLY concern is the innocents who will perish if this fat little kid decides to take on the world by himself. Consider how he may have been raised….everything and anything he ever did was considered genius. He may well believe all that bull hockey. He wouldn’t be the first despot who thought he was smart. He isn’t and is far over his head, but does he realize that and do those old generals surrounding him have the nerve to tell him? Perhaps not. That being the case, I fear millions may die because of this pugnacious little punk.

Mar 07, 2013 10:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:
N. Korea is readying for a spring offensive.

Mar 11, 2013 11:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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