Rick Westhead
The Star
April 11, 2013

Tensions are rising in the Korean Peninsula after South Korea’s foreign minister warned that North Korea is expected to conduct a missile launch Thursday, a development that has prompted South Korea and the U.S. to increase their military alerts levels.

“Based on intelligence we and the Americans have collected, it’s highly likely that North Korea will launch a missile,” Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday, according to media reports.

Yun said North Korea has a medium-range missile known as the “Musudan” that has a range of about 3,500 kilometres, which would make it capable of flying over Japan. Experts said the Musudan is mainly designed to reach the U.S. territory of Guam, The Associated Press reported.

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