25 Mar '11, 8am

S.Korea defence chief warns of new N.Korea attacks

SEOUL: South Korea's defence chief Friday accused North Korea of plotting fresh attacks and ordered his troops to maintain their battle readiness. "North Korea is plotting a second, third provocation beyond our imagination like the attack" on a South Korean warship a year ago, Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin said in his message to the entire armed forces. The South accused the North of torpedoing the ship on March 26 last year near the disputed Yellow Sea border with the loss of 46 lives. Pyongyang denies the charge. "We must bear in our mind that North Korea will provoke again," Kim said, calling for top-notch combat readiness. President Lee Myung-Bak and his aides started a weekly meeting with a silent prayer for the 46. Thousands of government officials, soldiers and citizens are to hold a memorial ceremony on Saturday at a national cemetery in the southern city of Daejeo...

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