NORTH Korea has been placed under martial law and Kim Jong-un has told his front-line troops to "be ready for a war," according to South Korean media reports.
In an emergency meeting of his key defence and security officials on Saturday, the North Korean leader issued a series of orders that included the conclusion of preparations for a new nuclear test, the 'Joongang Daily' reported.
North Korean state media has also reported that Kim ordered his officials to take "effective, high-profile state measures".
South Korea president Lee Myung-bak ordered the military to be ready to make a "strong response" to any provocation from North Korea. (© Daily Telegraph, London)