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Hostilities peak on the peninsula as the United States and allies also await North Korea's testing of a long-range missile and the North cuts off military communications to the South.
Reporting from Seoul -- The U.S. and South Korea today began annual war games involving tens of thousands of troops, prompting North Korea to call its military into "full combat readiness," saying it views the joint land and sea exercises as a prelude to an invasion.
The hostilities raised tensions on the Korean peninsula to their highest point in weeks as the U.S. and its allies anxiously awaited North Korea's test launch of its most advanced long-range missile.
March 10 (Bloomberg) -- North Korean Premier Kim Yong Il will soon make an official “goodwill visit” to China, the state-run Korea Central News Agency reported today. Kim accepted an invitation from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, KCNA said, without providing further details of the visit. China is North Korea’s closest ally and a member of a six- party forum attempting to persuade the nation to scrap its nuclear weapons program. Negotiations are stalled, with the government in Pyongyang refusing to allow international inspectors to remove samples from its Yongbyon nuclear reactor.