**US, S. Korean Forces Upgrade Watch Level to Monitor N. Korea**
United States and South Korean forces have raised their alert level in anticipation of a possible North Korean missile test.
The South's semi-official Yonhap news agency Wednesday said the joint forces are now at "WatchCon 2," a level indicating a "vital threat."
North Korea is reported to be in the final stages of preparing for a mid-range missile test, placing many of its neighbors on edge.
Some analysts expect the test to occur sometime around the Monday birthday of Pyongyang's founding leader, Kim Il Sung.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se told lawmakers Wednesday the probability of a test is "very high" and said it could occur at any time.
The commander of the U.S. forces in the Pacific says any North Korean missile could be intercepted if it poses a direct threat to the U.S. or its allies.
**Syria Leads G8 Foreign Minister Talks**
Syria tops the agenda as G8 foreign ministers gather for talks Wednesday in London.
Britain and France are expected to continue their push to lift a European Union arms embargo and allow shipments of weapons to rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Some EU members worry that a flood of weapons would only worsen the Syrian crisis.
Syrian opposition officials are also in London, and are due to hold talks on the sidelines of the meeting with some of the ministers, including British Foreign Secretary William Hague and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Hague says the discussion with the opposition is aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis and meeting humanitarian needs.
The Group of Eight (the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia) will also consider tensions on the Korean peninsula,preventing sexual violence in war zones, cyber security, and issues involving Burma and Somalia.