NORTH Korea has closed its border with China, turning back tourists as nuclear tensions continue to mount. An official at the Dandong Border Office, who declined to give his name, told media: "Travel agencies are not allowed to take tourist groups to go there, since the North Korean government is now asking foreign people to leave. As far as I know, business people can enter and leave North Korea freely."
US satellites have located North Korea's missiles
They have been pictured fueled and ready for launch
Fears North Korea will not issue test-fire warning
N.Korean Missiles 'Ready for Launch'
North Korea has finished preparations to launch one or two Musudan medium-range missiles that have been moved to an area on the east coast.
South Korean military authorities worry that the North could also launch other short- and medium-range missiles.
Meanwhile, the Japanese government instructed the Self-Defense Forces to get ready to intercept any North Korean missiles. The U.S. is also getting ready to intercept any missiles that head toward its base in Guam.
Japanese PAC-3s are on show at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday. /Reuters-Newsis Japanese PAC-3s are on show at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday. /Reuters-Newsis
"We've discovered that the North finished preparations to launch two Musudan missiles after moving them to an area near Wonsan by train from Jamjin Missile Plant in Nampo last week," a government source in Seoul said Tuesday. "They seem to be ready for launch four to six hours after being injected with liquid fuel."
The Musudan missiles have a range of 3,000 to 4,000 km.
At the moment, the Navy has dispatched two Aegis destroyers to the East Sea to track North Korean missiles.
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firstname.lastname@example.org / Apr. 10, 2013 09:34 KST
well it seems Un might have his battle field pin yet. Kim pan head , I like nukes that I went to war to have , Jong Un , you just might have wakened the sleeping Tiger to eat your baking puppy arse. Just one person's view
N.Korea:Japan will be battlefield if it starts war
North Korea has stepped up its provocative rhetoric against Japan, warning that the entire country will turn into a battlefield if Tokyo ignites a war.
The Wednesday edition of the ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, ran a commentary warning that Japan's hostile policies against North Korea will only bring devastation to the country.
The commentary said Japan is located close to North Korea and thus cannot avoid being the target of retaliatory attacks.
It listed 5 Japanese cities -- Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya and Kyoto -- and said about one-third of the Japanese population lives in those cities.
It went on to say that this means Japan's war endurance capacity could be lost in a single stroke.
The commentary added that if Japan ignites a war, the entire Japanese archipelago will turn into a battlefield.
The threat appears to reflect the North Korean leadership's frustration over Japan's close coordination with the US and the 2 countries' strengthening of sanctions against Pyongyang.
Last week, North Korean authorities named Yokosuka, Misawa and Okinawa -- Japanese areas hosting US military bases -- as possible targets of missile attacks.
Pyongyang also said on Monday that the US military in Japan is included in North Korea's potential targets.
Apr. 10, 2013 - Updated 03:00 UTC