19 Dec '11, 3am

South Korea military placed on emergency alert following announcement of Kim Jong Il's death

South Korea military placed on emergency alert following announcement of Kim Jong Il's death

South Korea conducts a military exercise to mark the first anniversary of North Korea's deadly shelling attack on a border island that left four South Koreans dead. South Korea's military has been put on emergency alert following the report of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death. -- PHOTO: AFP SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea ordered its military on emergency alert and increased border air surveillance after North Korea announced the death of its leader Kim Jong Il, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Seoul also asked its US ally, which stations 28,500 troops in the South, to step up surveillance by planes and satellites, a JCS spokesman said. No unusual activity had been observed from the North, officials said. President Lee Myung Bak ordered all government officials on emergency response status, meaning they are restricted from taking leave or travelling. The North's state medi...

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