Top Office Monitoring Possible N. Korea Provocation

Write : 2017-10-07 13:25:46 Update : 2017-10-07 14:52:13

Top Office Monitoring Possible N. Korea Provocation

South Korea's presidential office is closely watching for a possible North Korean provocation around Tuesday, which marks the founding anniversary of the North's ruling Workers' Party.

A presidential official said Saturday that the government is closely monitoring the situation with utmost readiness as North Korea, amid its protest of global sanctions, could launch a provocation around the time of the anniversary.

The official, however, said there are no specific signs of a provocation yet.

The official stressed that if Pyongyang engages in another provocative act, Seoul will respond sternly under close coordination with allies and the international community.

The presidential office has been keeping close tabs on the North since the start of the Chuseok holiday last weekend by placing the National Security Council on emergency mode. 

South Korea's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, is known to believe the regime could stage a provocation between Sunday and Tuesday, both days of political importance in North Korea.

Sunday marks the 20th year since late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was appointed as general secretary of the Workers' Party.

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