North Korea to start state-wide military drills - South

SEOUL, March 7 Wed Mar 6, 2013 10:09pm EST

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SEOUL, March 7 (Reuters) - North Korea is conducting a series of military drills and is getting ready for state-wide war practice of an unusual scale, South Korea's defence ministry said on Thursday, as tensions grow ahead of more sanctions being devised against Pyongyang.

South Korea and the United States, which are conducting their own annual military drills until the end of April, are watching the North Korea's activities for signs it will go from exercise to an actual attack, a South Korean official said.

"It hasn't been frequent that the North conducted military exercise at the state level," South Korea's defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. "The North is currently conducting various drills on land, at sea and aerially."

"We are watching the North's activities and stepping up readiness under the assumption that these drills can lead to provocation at any time."

Kim declined to confirm news reports that the North has imposed no-fly zones off its coasts in a possible move to fire missiles, but he said any flight ban limited to near the coast would not be for weapons with meaningful ranges.

The heightened activities on both sides of the heavily armed Korean border comes as the U.N. Security Council works on a new resolution to strengthen sanctions on Pyongyang to punish it for rocket firings and its third nuclear test last month.

In the latest threat coming under its new young leader Kim Jong-un, a top North Korean general on Tuesday said Pyongyang was scrapping the armistice deal with the United States that ended the 1950-53 Korean war.

South Korea's military said in a rare warning on Wednesday that it would strike back at the North and target its leadership if Pyongyang launched an attack in response to what it says are "hostile" drills by the U.S. and South forces.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Comments (5)
tommy54 wrote:
tell me why when usa and sk have a few day miltary drill the north go’s crazy ape paranoid and slam these un saying they dont like it,but they have drills there every few days like there bragging about it saying”we have 1 kilo ton weapon and we big a bad motoscooter.when russia and us have had 250 megaton weapon for years and kept there mouth shut,one of mother weapons would wipe out entire korean peninula,

Mar 06, 2013 10:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mickelenische wrote:
Maybe if we threaten to quit selling iPads to North Korea, they’ll give up and surrender.

Mar 06, 2013 11:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mickelenische wrote:
Maybe if we threaten to quit selling iPads to North Korea, they’ll give up and surrender.

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