April 08, 2010 09:51
North Korea ordered the entire military to step up alertness in the wake of the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in the West Sea on March 26.
Kim Heung-kwang, the head of defector organization North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, on Wednesday said, "For a few days now it has been difficult to keep in touch with our sources in the North, apparently because of the North Korean Army's heightened alertness."
Radio Free Asia quoted an officer of the North's Ninth Army Corps in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province, as saying, "The Ministry of People's Armed Forces on April 4 sent instructions to all military units" about the sinking of the Cheonan. The ministry reportedly ordered all officers and soldiers to "carefully monitor the enemy's moves, heighten alertness, and prepare to deal an annihilating blow to the enemy if it launches a provocation."
The ministry said, "A South Korean Navy ship sank in the West Sea recently. The U.S. imperialists and South Korean military warmongers are moving to attribute the sinking" to North Korea. It described the move as a "scheme."
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