By Zhao Wei, Sina English
South Korea’s Military has declared the country’s highest state of alert for October 22, amid fears of an attack by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). It comes as DPRK defectors and human rights groups say they’ll drop thousands of leaflets inside the DPRK.
South Korea’s Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin has warned the army to be fully prepared for future attacks from the DPRK. The Ministry of National Defense has deployed extra weapons in the country’s Imjingak region.
On Friday, DPRK news agencies said there would be a military response if the leaflet drop went ahead. But South Korean media says the plan to send the leaflets across the border using balloons will not be cancelled.
The DPRK warned last Friday it might fire on a South Korean border area where Seoul plans to scatter anti-DPRK leaflets next week, the official news agency KCNA reported.
"Scattering of the leaflets amounts to undisguised psychological warfare, a breach of the Korean Armistice Agreement and an unpardonable war provocation," the KCNA quoted the Western Front Command of the Korean People's Army (KPA) as saying.
The Western Front Command said Rimjin Pavilion and its surrounding area would become the direct target of KPA fire, and a merciless military strike would be put into practice without warning.
A KPA notice said the leaflets will be scattered from Rimjin Pavilion of Phaju city, South Korea's Kyonggi Province at 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) on Monday.
"And it was directly invented by the South Korean government and is being engineered by its military," the notice said.
"This is an unpardonable challenge to the army and people of the DPRK and a deliberate act aimed to push north-south ties to the lowest ebb," it said.
It also asked South Korean inhabitants living in the area to evacuate in anticipation of possible damage.