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GETTING HOT IN HERE South Korea: ‘Vital Threat’ Level S. Korean protestors at Kaesong complex in Paju on Wednesday. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

South Korea: ‘Vital Threat’ Level

Kim Jong-un, if your increasing hostility toward South Korea (and … everyone) is a product of anxiety surrounding your upcoming birthday, read here: age is just a number. South Korea raised its threat level to “vital” on Wednesday amid growing concerns that the North is preparing a missile test. Level two, or vital, is second only to what is used during wartime. U.S. and South Korean sources say that North Korea has one ballistic missile with an estimated 2,000-mile range that could be launched “any time now.” On Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Korean crisis may become “uncontrollable,” and he urged the North to keep open the joint industrial complex at Kaesong.

April 10, 2013 7:03 AM