SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Concern continues to mount that North Korea is preparing for a missile test in the coming days. The test would come after weeks of threats from the North Korean regime. North Korea's launch window is now open. South Korean officials say the launch could happen any time over the next five days. The reason they say five days is between now and April 15th, North Korea is holding a series of national celebrations that usually culminate with a big military parade in Pyongyang. That could be when North Korea decides to fire these medium range missiles, one or more missiles, and there's growing expectation here that this could be a multiple launch with rockets and missiles of a variety of different ranges in order to increase the dramatic effect of all this.
North Korea is also continuing with its very bellicose rhetoric. Wednesday North Korea said the region should prepare for thermonuclear war.
"With its bellicose rhetoric, its actions, have been skating very close to a dangerous line. Their actions and their words have not helped diffuse a combustible situation," said U.s. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. In South Korea officials are frankly getting sick of all of this.
South Korea's president said she is tired of this endless, vicious cycle.