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North Korea Enters ‘Wartime State’ After Artillery Fire

Front-line units ordered ‘battle ready to launch surprise operations’ after exchange of fire, even as underground missile complex exposed.

By Ari Yashar

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has ordered his front-line units to enter “wartime state,” after his troops launched artillery shells at South Korea on Thursday sparking a response.

The state-run KCNA reported an emergency meeting late Thursday in which Kim ordered “front-line large combined units” to “enter a wartime state to be fully battle ready to launch surprise operations” starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.

He also ordered “the area along the front be put in a semi-war state.”

North Korea fired two shells at its southern neighbor on Thursday afternoon, leading South Korea to return fire with dozens of shells. No casualties were reported in the incident.

The escalation to “wartime state” comes even as the Washington Times revealed this week North Korea has built a covert underground missile complex at it’s main Sohae missile launch facility, located near its northwestern border with China.

Quoting US officials, the paper said the complex is elaborate, with facilities to both prepare missiles for launch and store them in areas connected by rail lines. The facility took more than a decade to be completed, indicating North Korea’s technological development.

American intelligence is having trouble tracking the rogue state’s missile program and providing warning for launches due to the complex.

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