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N Korea puts military on 'special alert'

world Updated: Aug 17, 2009 09:43 IST

North Korea says its military will be on "special alert" because of South Korea's joint military drills with the US.

The communist nation's army made the announcement on Monday on the same day that the country said it was restarting
key reconciliation projects with South Korea, to reunite separated families and organise joint tourism.

The North's army said its troops would go on "a special alert" starting today, when South Korean and US militaries planned to start annual computer-simulated war games.

The statement, carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency, says the North would retaliate
mercilessly at the "slightest military provocation" from South

Korea and the US. The two allies say their manoeuvres are purely defensive.