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North Korea Moves Missile Into Firing Position

Briana Goodall |
April 11, 2013 | 10:02 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer


Display of South Korean missiles in 2012. (Creative Commons, Daniel Foster)
Display of South Korean missiles in 2012. (Creative Commons, Daniel Foster)
The world continues to keep a close eye on North Korea Thursday as the country's state run media claims "war can break out any moment."

Although the isolated country is busy celebrating the anniversary of Kim Jong- un's appointment as leader, a U.S. official told CNN North Korea has raised as least one Musudan missile into its firing position. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, the North's "actions and their words have not helped defuse a combustible situation" and the United States "is fully prepared to deal with a contingency." 

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Reuters reported North Korea has stationed as many as five medium range missiles along its east coast and could be preparing for a test launch to see whether the missiles could reach U.S. bases on Guam. 

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, a nonmilitary group that deals with relations between the South and the North said, "striking means" have been "put on standby for a launch and the coordinates of targets put into warheads. The Associated Press called the statement "an effort to raise fears and pressure Seoul and Washington into changing their North Korea policy."

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All nations are getting prepared in case North Korea's threats become even more legitimate. Seul deployed three navel destroyers, an early warning surveillance aircraft, and a radar system. Japan deployed PAC-3 missile interceptors around Tokyo. Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Seoul Friday to talk with South Korean officials about the rising tensions with the North. 

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Although North Korea has been escalating its rhetoric for weeks, many believe the small country would not survive an all out war. Their talk is seen as a way to draw attention to the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and to boost confidence in their new leader. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Cho Tai-young said, "North Korea has continuously issued provocative threats and made efforts to raise tension on the Korean peninsula… but the current situation is being managed safely and our foreign governments have been calmly responding."

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