North Korea puts military on 'special alert' over S. Korea, US drill

August 17, 2009 04:29


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North Korea said Monday that its military will be on "special alert" because of South Korea's joint military drills with the US. The communist nation's army made the announcement on the same day that the country said it was restarting key reconciliation projects with South Korea, to reunite separated families and organize joint tourism. The North's army said its troops would go on "a special alert" starting Monday, when South Korean and US militaries planned to start annual computer-simulated war games. The statement, carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency, said the North would retaliate mercilessly at the "slightest military provocation" from South Korea and the US. The two allies say their maneuvers are purely defensive.

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