North Korea launch could be days away

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N. Korea holds party plenary meeting

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang. South Korea’s president told its military to respond powerfully to North Korean provocations, amid heightened tensions on the peninsula. (Photo: KCNA)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s government said Sunday that it believes North Korea may test a missile about April 10, citing as an indicator Pyongyang’s push for workers to leave the Kaesong Industrial Complex by then.

Seoul “is on military readiness posture,” South Korea’s Blue House spokeswoman Kim Haeng said in a briefing. She said national security chief Kim Jang-soo also based the assessment on North Korea’s hint to foreign diplomats in Pyongyang to send personnel out of the country.

The Blue House is the office and residence of South Korea’s president, similar to the White House in the United States.

“As of now, nothing out of the ordinary has been detected,” she said on Kim’s behalf. “If limited war is to break out, North Korea should bear in mind that it will receive damages many times over.”

In the rising tide of its anger, North Korea’s communist government days ago banned the entry of new workers and trucks into Kaesong, which is on its side of the militarily fortified border with the south.

Personnel and supplies are running out in the shared manufacturing zone, causing 13 companies to cease production, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said in a statement Sunday.

There are 518 people left in Kaesong, with 39 planning to exit Monday.

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  • Block Watcher

    So, Kim Jong-un has two big missiles to launch and he's risking his entire regime on that? The guy is an idiot to start a war when he's out gunned 1,000 times over.

    • Cynthia

      I do not understand why we are waiting for this idiot to make the first strike. We've heard his words and we are tracking the military movement. We need to go in and squash him like a bug!

  • Matt

    Why pick a fight now. King Obama has tried to avoid them. Look at Syria last year. An attack on our embassy, our ambassador murdered and what did he do? Not a dam thing. That was an attack in American soil. Good king Obama is more interested in taking our guns away than deal with a madman with nukes.

  • Mr Holmes

    Probably just needs to blame the nuke devistation on someone. Who better to pin it on then him? I heard Dennis Rodman goes over there and kicks it with him so is any of this really true. The ones wanting to take over and control population need someone to take the fall for it.