Continuing North Korean nuclear threats cause regional unease
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 01:33
April 11 - South Korea's defense ministry says North Korean missiles could be shot down if they pose a danger to its people as tensions remain high in the region. Sarah Sheffer reports.
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Anti-North Korea protesters rally in Seoul chanting slogans against Pyongyang.
Tensions remain high in the region as North Korea slings daily threats at its southern neighbour and the United States.
Seoul said on Wednesday there was a high probability that North Korea would test-launch a medium-range missile soon as a show of strength.
South Korea's defense ministry on Thursday said North Korean missiles could be shot down if they strayed into its territory.
Despite dramatic war games in the North, most observers say Pyongyang has no intention of igniting a conflict that could bring its own destruction -- but warn that a miscalculation of the situation could have dire effects.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that North Korea has been skating close to a "dangerous line".
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY CHUCK HAGEL SAYING:
"The reality is that he is unpredictable, that country is unpredictable. If that is the reality that we are dealing with and it is, you prepare for every contingency, as to, and we are."
Missile defence systems are on standby in Japan to face possible strikes from North Korea.
North Korea is set to observe several anniversaries in the next few days and analysts speculate they could be pretexts for new displays of military strength.
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