South Korea's military has remained on high alert to counter any provocations by North Korea following Pyongyang's 12 February missile test launch and the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un the following day, Yonhap news agency quoted the defence ministry in Seoul as saying on 20 February.
"The North Korean military is conducting its regular winter drills and there is no unusual movement in the North. But because there can be a provocation at any time, we are fully prepared against all contingencies," Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, was quoted as saying in a press briefing.
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