South Korea: ‘Vital Threat’ Level

    A South Korean protester attaches a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with balloons on a barricade during a rally demanding a regular operations of the Kaesong industrial complex near Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Citing the tensions with Seoul, North Korea on Monday pulled more than 50,000 workers from the Kaesong industrial park, which combines South Korean technology and know-how with cheap North Korean labor. It was the first time that production was stopped at the decade-old factory park, the only remaining symbol of economic cooperation between the Koreas. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    S. Korean protestors at Kaesong complex in Paju on Wednesday. (Lee Jin-man/AP),Lee Jin-man

    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.

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