South Korea On Heightened Alert As North Prepares For Major Army Event
It's not just China. As we showed previously, in Russia's Ear East, some media have cited residents as saying they have seen military hardware being moved toward North Korea but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said deployment of Russian troops inside Russia were not a public matter.
Meanwhile, North Korea has said it would test missiles when it sees fit and a South Korean analyst said he believed they would do so.
"Without crossing the red line such as a nuclear test or a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, until the April 25 anniversary of the Korean People's Army, North Korea is expected to continue to launch mid-range missiles," said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior research fellow at Sejong Institute outside Seoul.
The April 25 date would coincide with another key event: that is when the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is expected to reach the Korean Peninsula. Additionally, the joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises are due to finish at the end of April.