The North Korean military declared an “all-out confrontational posture” against South Korea on Saturday as an American scholar said he was told by officials in North Korea that it had “weaponized” 30.8 kilograms of plutonium.
By Choe Sang-Hun
International Herald Tribune
South Korea ordered its military to heighten vigilance along the border with North Korea, the world’s most heavily armed frontier, said a spokesman of the South Korean military Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
North Korea’s saber-rattling oratory against the South has been common, especially after Lee Myung Bak came to office as president of South Korea a year ago vowing to take a tougher stance on the North in a reversal from 10 years of his liberal predecessors’ efforts to engage Pyongyang with economic aid. But what made the threat on Saturday unusual was the way it was delivered: a statement read on North Korean television by a uniformed spokesman for the North Korean military Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Strong military measures will follow from our revolutionary armed force,” the spokesman, a colonel, said, according to Yonhap, South Korea’s national news agency, which monitors North Korean broadcasts.