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«High alert» declared in South Korea ahead of presidential polls

Posted by Dylan Malyasov on

South Korea has placed its military on high alert ahead of its presidential elections, just as its North Korean neighbour has called to put an end to the decades-long “inter-Korean confrontation.” Pyongyang has suggested that Seoul pave the way for a “new era of unification” to maintain peace between the two sides.

In recent months, there have been increased military tensions on the peninsula amid a series of the North’s ballistic missile launches and speculation that it may conduct another nuclear test or fire a long-range rocket.

“We are maintaining the current level of defense posture,” the defense ministry’s spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said at a press briefing.

He was responding to a question about whether the ministry plans to raise the alert level in connection with Tuesday’s snap elections to pick the successor to Park Geun-hye, who was impeached for a bribery and influence-peddling scandal.

The winner of the race will assume the control of the nation’s military simultaneously with being elected, he added.

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