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| NKorean regular, reserve forces on combat alert: aid group|
| Updated at: 0954 PST, Tuesday, March 31, 2009|
SEOUL: North Korea has put all regular and reserve forces on combat alert ahead of its rocket launch, a South Korean aid group said Tuesday.
The hard-line communist country has confined all regular soldiers to barracks as well as alerting reserve forces, said the Good Friends group, which has contacts in the North.
"Our latest information from North Korea showed all male adults on standby as tensions run high over its satellite launch," group official Lee Seung-Yong told. He said all men were barred from travelling far from their homes. "The country is now on semi-war status," Lee said, adding North Korea appears to be concerned about possible sanctions following the launch set for some time between April 4 and 8.