NKorea Puts Troops on Alert over US-Led Military Drill
North Korea has placed its military on alert and warned of "disastrous consequences" in response to a United States-led military drill near the Korean peninsula.
A North Korean military spokesman Tuesday told state media all troops have been ordered to "keep themselves ready to promptly launch operations at any time."
South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok confirmed North Korea's military has been placed on high alert.
The threat comes as the U.S. moved a group of ships to the South Korean port of Busan for what officials describe as a routine search and rescue drill.
Pyongyang seems to be particularly upset about the participation of the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
The article in the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed the ship was carrying "at least 100 nuclear bombs aboard."
It warned the closer that U.S. forces get to North Korea, "the more unpredictable disasters their actions will cause."
Pyongyang often threatens military action in response to the U.S.-South Korean drills, but rarely follows through.
Typhoon Fitow Kills Six in Eastern China
Chinese state media say at least six people were killed and several others remain missing after Typhoon Fitow slammed into a southeastern region.
The powerful storm made landfall in Fujian Province Monday, packing winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. Much of the surrounding area still was submerged in floodwaters Tuesday.
The storm has since weakened, but torrential rains continued in nearby Zhejiang province, prompting the government's highest emergency flood response.
The Xinhua news agency says over 4,000 homes collapsed in the storm. Many areas were also without power, as well as rail and air transportation.
Fitow is named after a flower from Micronesia. The typhoon is the 23rd to hit China this year.