September 25, 2017 11:12
North Korea has bolstered its war footing since its latest nuclear test on Sept. 3, including reinforcing frontline military bases.
The North usually keeps the turrets of its frontline observation posts closed, but now they have been opened, which the South Korean military regards as a sign of heightened readiness for war.
Bareun Party lawmaker Kim Young-woo of the National Assembly Defense Committee told the Chosun Ilbo on Friday that Defense Minister Song Young-moo was briefed on this during his recent visit to a frontline unit.
"There have been instances where North Korea opened and closed the turrets in order to allow ventilation, but it is rare for them to remain open for almost 20 days," Kim said.
He added there are also reports that North Korea has bolstered the number of soldiers stationed at each frontline observation post.
"Tensions are very high along the front lines," he said.
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