NSC to meet as tensions on Korean peninsula escalate

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou has directed the National Security Council (NSC) to convene a meeting to discuss the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Presidential Office said Friday. Ma's directive came amid international media reports that North Korea could be planning to launch a mobile ballistic missile soon. This information was obtained from communications intercepts in recent days, but it is not clear whether North Korea is planning a test launch or a strike, the news reports said, citing a U.S. official. Ma has been keeping close tabs on the situation on the Korean peninsula and has directed the NSC to convene a meeting to prepare for whatever developments may occur in the region, according to Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li. "The NSC has already held a preparatory meeting this morning," Li said, adding that NSC Secretary-General Jason Yuan will host a formal session in the afternoon. Senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense and other relevant government agencies will attend the second meeting, Li added. (By Kelven Huang and Sofia Wu)