FILE - In this Sunday, April 15, 2012 file photo, a North Korean vehicle carrying a missile passes by during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said Thursday, April 4, 2013 but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict. The report came hours after North Korea's military warned that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear weapons. It was the North's latest war cry against America in recent weeks, with the added suggestion that it had improved its nuclear technology. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – North Korea continued to send small groups of soldiers to the border areas to maintain the roads, raising concerns that it could be taking military action against its neighbor soon.

On Sunday, a southern government source was quoted by the Yonhap News Agency as saying that Pyongyang sent a group of 5 soldiers with shovels and machetes to the demilitarized zone on the inter-Korean border, but Seoul does not see this move as an immediate threat.

The South Korean army is closely monitoring two coastal artillery pieces in the border area where a crater appeared, which raises concerns that North Korea may be in a state of readiness to use them.

Tensions escalated in the Korean peninsula recently, with Pyongyang escalating its rhetoric against Seoul, which later culminated in the destruction of the joint liaison office in Kaesong on June 16th.

For its part, the South Korean army warned that it would respond forcefully if the North made any military provocation.

 

Sources: Yonhap, RT

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