North Korea to Military: 'Be Ready for a War'
Satellite images indicate nuclear test could come in days
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 7:29 AM CST
In this Jan. 28, 2013 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers opening remarks at a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

(Newser) – North Korea is stepping up its saber rattling yet again, placing the country under martial law in the run-up to an imminent nuclear weapon test, reports the Korea JoongAng Daily. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reportedly gave six orders at an emergency meeting last Saturday, including that "all the frontline and central units should be ready for a war.” South Korean sources in Beijing, along with satellite images, indicate that the opening at the North's nuclear test site has been sealed in readiness for the test.

While the North has been promising a new nuclear test, its third, since the UN Security Council condemned Pyongyang for its ballistic rocket launch in December, the latest comments from Pyongyang indicate the new test could come much sooner than originally anticipated, reports the Telegraph. Experts had previously thought the test might come on Feb. 16, the birthday of Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il, or Feb. 25, the inauguration of South Korea's new president Park Geun-hye.

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kawahchan
Feb 1, 2013 11:56 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Too boring ! Jong-un. We Republicans think South Korean President Park Geun-hye ought to spend sometime with Kim Jong-nam, invite Jong-nam to visit South Korea, treat him as a Korean relative, discuss how Kim Jong-nam plans to abolish the old Chosun's Feudal influence and towards the Capitalism (with the West) to end the North Korea's Leninism. American Republican CIA could do the same like what they do to threaten former Myanmar dictator General Than Shwe's family to pressure him to step down. The North Korea's "Prince Regent" for Kim Jong-un should has the picture if American Republican CIA join the South Korea's National Security to crash the whole Kim Jong-un's Dynasty, what will be looked like ... Kim Jong-un, YOUR WORKERS' PARTY's ARMY PROVISIONS, PAYROLL, and MILITARY GRANARY ARE ALL EMPTY !!
Steve4freedom
Feb 1, 2013 9:02 AM CST
Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed! Kim Jong Un must be killed!
Steve4freedom
Feb 1, 2013 8:54 AM CST
This message is for FatBoyAsshole Kim Jong Un. Hey idiot! Take the next plane and immigrate to Cuba. Join that pedofil castrated other-asshoel castro until u can. In the meantime, this will be a big test for the USA. For decades the US was the warrior for democracy and freedom world-wide. Slandered and bashed the communists but NEVER EVER liberated, or attacked any red reign-of-terror shithole. Here's your only chance to prove me wrong, US government! Before this weekend turns into the next Monday - wipe off North Korea from the surface of Earth.,