I’ll take this with a grain of salt for now until I can verify it myself. I do know that alerts have been raised though in the last few hours. Not sure why yet…
EDIT: Ok, the “Watchcon” system is at Level 2 right now.
South Korean and US force have heightened their alert status in the belief that North Korea intends to initiate a missile launch in the very near future. The US-South Korean Combined Forces Command (CFC) raised their Watch Condition, commonly known as “Watchcon,” from Level 3 to Level 2 indicating that a vital threat exists. The lowest alert status used by CFC is Watchcon 4 in effect in normal peacetime situations, Watchcon 3 is ordered when an important threat exists, and Watchcon 1 is reserved for wartime conditions. The Watchcon system deals only with surveillance preparedness and is separate from the Defense Condition (Defcon) alert system.
Latest intelligence indicates that the North Korean People’s Army (KPA) has completed preparations for multiple missile launches that might include short-range Scuds, medium-range Rodong-1s, and the new intermediate-range BM25 Musudan missiles. No evidence has been uncovered to indicate the Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) have been readied for launching.
We are “not at war” but in a readiness state indicating that war is imminent. And I also have this: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1754700/N-Korea-crisis-could-be-uncontrollable-UN
South Korean and US forces have raised their alert status to “vital threat” ahead of an expected North Korean missile test.
The North last week told foreign diplomats in Pyongyang they had until April 10 to consider evacuation, fuelling speculation of a launch between Wednesday and April 15 birthday celebrations for late founder Kim Il-Sung.
It could also coincide with high-profile visits by US Secretary of State John Kerry and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who will both be in Seoul on Friday.
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se told parliament the launch could take place “anytime” and warned Pyongyang it risked triggering a fresh round of UN sanctions.
South Korean intelligence says the North has prepared two mid-range missiles for imminent launch from its east coast, despite warnings from ally China to avoid provocative moves at a time of soaring military tensions.
On Tuesday the North reiterated a warning that the peninsula was headed for “thermonuclear” war and advised foreigners to consider leaving South Korea.
The South Korea-US Combined Forces Command raised its “Watchcon” status from 3 to 2 to reflect indications of a “vital threat”, Yonhap news agency said, citing a senior military official.
US raises nuclear alert to DEFCON 3. China mobilizes, masses troops on North Korean border
DEBKAfile Special Report April 12, 2013, 8:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
US nuclear alert DEFCON 3
Friday, April 12, the US raised its nuclear alert status to DEFCON 3, Condition Yellow (out of 5 levels), stating “There are currently no imminent nuclear threats against the United States at this time, however the situation is considered fluid and can change rapidly.” Many believe that North Korea will launch their test missile on or about April 15. Japan has instructed its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile that heads toward its territory.
The five DEFCONs, their exercise terms, and their general descriptions are shown below.
||Nuclear war is imminent
||Next step to nuclear war
||Armed Forces ready to deploy and engage in less than 6 hours
||Increase in force readiness above that required for normal readiness
||Air Force ready to mobilize in 15 minutes
||Increased intelligence watch and strengthened security measures
||Above normal readiness
||Lowest state of readiness
Movies and popular culture often misuse the DEFCON system by “going to DEFCON 5” during a state of emergency. In fact, DEFCON 5 is the lowest state of readiness. The highest state, DEFCON 1, has never been called for.