North Korean Troops on War Alert

Nuclear state prepares 'satellite' launch that US fears is missile test
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2009 1:53 AM CDT
South Kore and the US plan to begin an annual military exercise this week that has provoked North Korea to issue threats.   (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)
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(Newser) – North Korea is warning that troops are on full combat alert as its southern neighbor preps for an annual military exercise with the US, BBC reports. The nuclear nation also threatened war if a "satellite" it plans to deploy soon is disturbed. South Korea and the US believe that the announced launch may actually be a long-range missile test instead.