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South Korea and the US may raise their state of readiness against the military threat posed by North Korea to the second-highest level in response to the sinking of the patrol vessel Cheonan.
Level one, the most serious condition of the five-level scale known as WatchCon, has not been in force since the end of the Korean war in 1953. Level two was last reached when North Korea conducted a nuclear test in 2009.
The deliberations come as South Korea's president, Lee Myung-bak, is expected to refer the sinking in March of the Cheonan to the UN security council.
A raising of the WatchCon level would trigger increased US-South Korean reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering efforts targeting the north. Also under consideration is an additional joint US-South Korean military exercise, perhaps as early as June, to signal to North Korea Washington's support for Seoul.
Originally posted by Firefly_
Why is everyone so intent on world war 3 happening? Why is everyone fantastising about the use of nukes? If this is what the human collective wants then it is what will happen.
Think about that.
Every few months there is a new reason World War 3 will break out, and it never happens.
No country is going to put themselves on the line against the UN. They are just too big of a force to deal with.
Originally posted by Niccawhois
And Kim Jong Il knows it! This is how he can develop long range ballistic missiles and atomic weaponry with nothing more that harsh language to discourage his efforts.