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The Korean Herald; 29.05.2009
Troops on high alert after N.K. threat
The joint command of South Korean and U.S. troops yesterday heightened their surveillance level following the North's threat of military action.
Tension has been mounting as the North this week conducted a second nuclear test, fired missiles and warned that it is ready to strike the South.
The Combined Forces Command raised its Watch Conditions by a notch to the second highest level as of 7:15 a.m., the Defense Ministry announced.
"Under the higher Watchcon status, more intelligence assets such as airborne surveillance and analysis personnel will be deployed," ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae said.
The second highest Watchcon on a scale of five stages is issued when the allied troops judge that the North poses serious threat of military provocation.
Won said there has not been any "extraordinary" military movement in the North.
The decision was made "in considering all present, potential and expected threats," he added.
The North's warning came as President Lee Myung-bak prepares to host a summit with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Jeju Island next Monday and Tuesday.
It is first time for the alert to be upgraded to stage 2 since the North conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006.
The latest is the fifth stage 2 Watchcon. The first was issued in 1982 when North Korea deployed bombers close to the border.
On Thursday, the North said it would no longer be bound to the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the three-year Korean War.
It also said it cannot guarantee the safety of South Korean and U.S. vessels near the western sea border, the site of deadly naval skirmishes between the two Koreas in 1999 and 2002.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff pledged a stern response and tightened security on the West Sea.
The Navy forward-deployed a 3,500 ton-class KDX-I destroyer and readied additional artillery and missiles near the maritime border, military officials said.
The North was reacting to Seoul's decision to fully join the Proliferation Security Initiative, a U.S.-led international campaign to stop and search ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction and related materials.
Seoul declared its participation on Tuesday following the North's nuclear test the previous day. Pyongyang has said it would regard the South's PSI accession as a declaration of a war.
Responding to the North's scrapping the armistice, the U.S.-led U.N. Command said in a statement that the truce remains in force and is binding on all signatories, including North Korea.
"The armistice has served as the legal basis for the ceasefire in Korea for over 55 years," said the UNC, which overseas the ceasefire.
"The U.N Command will adhere to the terms of the armistice and the mechanisms that support it."
About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.