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S. Korean Navy chief calls for vigilance over N.K. threats

All News 11:25 January 26, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Navy chief on Thursday called for enhanced vigilance during the Lunar New Year holidays amid growing speculations that North Korea may test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Navy said.

During his visit to an island naval unit near the tense western sea border, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Um Hyun-seong urged troops to stay alert to deter any provocations by the North on the eve of the four-day holidays.

There is no imminent sign of a possible provocation by North Korea, according to the defense ministry.

But the North repeatedly threatened this year to test-launch a long-range missile "at any time, at any place" determined by its leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim said in his New Year Day's address that the country has entered the final stage of preparations to test-fire an ICBM, indicating it is close to developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

This photo taken on Nov. 25, 2016, and provided by the Navy shows Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Um Hyun-seong presiding over a naval commanders' meeting in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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