S. Korea: North Is Readying Missile Launch for Wed.

Pyongyang warning concerned diplomats to get out by Wednesday

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2013 7:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – South Korea is warning today that Pyongyang's latest sabre-rattling amounts to the very real threat of a missile launch, likely around Wednesday, reports the New York Times. The South's director of national security said today that the North had warned foreign diplomats to seek assistance in evacuating by Wednesday should they be worried by escalating tensions; that comes on the heels of a similar warning in the Kaesong border industrial complex, where the North blocked Southern workers today for a fifth day, shuttering some 13 factories.

“We believe this is a calculated move by the North,” said Kim Jang-soo, intended to bully the US into making concessions. Seoul signaled that the missiles North Korea moved Thursday were the Musudan, notes the AP, which in their new location could hit US bases in Guam. "If limited war is to break out, North Korea should bear in mind that it will receive damages many times over," warned a presidential spokeswoman, according to CNN. Seoul today further hunkered down by cancelling a trip to the US by its top military officer.

A South Korean man uses binoculars to watch North Korean territory at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in...   (Lee Jin-man)
Visitors walk by a map of Korea Peninsula and South Korea's national flag near the border village of Panmunjom, north of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 7, 2013.   (Lee Jin-man)
People watch a TV program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 7, 2013. South Korea’s top military officer has put off a plan to visit...   (Ahn Young-joon)
Visitors watch North Korean territory through binoculars at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north...   (Lee Jin-man)
Visitors watch North Korean territory through binoculars at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north...   (Lee Jin-man)
An ambulance drives through barricades on the Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday,...   (Lee Jin-man)
A girl uses binoculars to watch North Korean territory at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north...   (Lee Jin-man)
A South Korean woman poses for her souvenir photo at the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul,...   (Lee Jin-man)
A North Korean soldiers, right, walking near a military guard post in North Korea's Kaepoong, is viewed from the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the...   (Lee Jin-man)
North Koreans, working at a field in North Korea's Kaepoong, are viewed from the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War,...   (Lee Jin-man)
A South Korean Army soldier controls traffic at the barricaded Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul,...   (Lee Jin-man)
A South Korean Army soldier salutes as a military vehicle crosses the barricaded Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju,...   (Lee Jin-man)
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