North Korean leader Kim Jong-un puts the army along the border with South Korea onto war footing after tension in recent days has increased dramatically.
The decision was made Thursday in an emergency meeting of the Central Military Commission where Kim himself is the leader, a few hours after artillery shots were exchanged between north and south.
North Korea followed up the artillery shooting with an ultimatum that gave South Korea 48 hours to dismantle the loudspeakers broadcasting propaganda across the border, something that North Korea clearly regards as a serious security threat to the country.
Unless the speakers are removed, South Korea is risking "military retaliation and counter-attacks along the whole front line."
According to the news agency KCNA, Kim ordered all units along the front line to be put into full combat readiness from Friday at 5. The forces should be fully combat ready to go to surprise actions, says Kim according to KCNA.
South Korea's defense ministry dismissed the threat and made it clear that the broadcasts will continue over the speakers.
The South Korean General Staff warned the North Korean Army against hasty actions and made it clear that they will retaliate strongly against any provocation.
North Korea has many times made similar fiery rhetoric when tensions were high between the two countries, most recently when Kim in 2013 declared "state of war" against South Korea.
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