Updated: May 30, 2009 Apparently the first story is not accurate. The Army has moved to WATCHCOM 2. See updated story below and US military in South Korea ‘pushing’ the North
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Sources close to MiNa claim the US Army has moved their alert level to Defcon 2. This was initiated by the alarming situation in North Korea. The US Army has over 35,000 troops stationed in South Korea, well within reach of North Korean convential weapons.
North Korea has the largest artillery force can be equipped with nuclear warheads in the world, which adds more to the already tense situation.
Earlier today, N. Korea’s leader Kim Jong issued threaths to the South Korean and US Navy ships for coming too close to North Korea’s territorial waters. The South Koreans and the Americans, may be positioning themselves for a preemptive strike.
Casey: Army would have to ‘shift gears’ for N. Korea battle
By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Saturday, May 30, 2009
WASHIGTON – It would take the Army time to “shift gears” if it needed to fight against North Korea, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Thursday.
Right now, the Army is focused on the counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but North Korea’s recent saber rattling has raised the prospect that the Army might be called upon to fight a conventional war.
“I have said publicly for some time that if we had to shift gears, it would probably take us about 90 days or so to shift our gears and to train the folks up that were preparing to go to Iraq and Afghanistan to go someplace else,” Casey said after a speech at a Washington think tank.
That doesn’t mean that it would take at least 90 days to send reinforcements to U.S. troops in South Korea, Casey said.
South Korea and U.S. Raise Alert Level
By CHOE SANG-HUN
May 27, 2009
SEOUL, South Korea — One day after North Korea warned of a possible attack against the South, the United States and South Korea ordered their forces here to their highest alert for three years, increasing surveillance flights and satellite reconnaissance to counter what officials termed a “grave threat.”
The South Korean Defense Ministry said allied troops, including, 28,000 U.S. soldiers based in South Korea, raised their Watch Condition, or Watchcon, to the second-highest level from Watchcon 3 to Watchcon 2.
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