"This is not enough to determine (if a launch is likely soon)," the source told Reuters. Japan's Kyodo news agency reported late on Monday that the Japanese government was on alert after catching such radio signals, suggesting a launch could come in a few days. The report also said the signals might be related to winter military training by the North Korean military.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing a South Korean government source, also reported that intelligence officials of the United States, South Korea and Japan had recently detected signs of a possible missile launch and have been on higher alert.
Asked about the media reports, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters the United States continued to watch North Korea very closely.
"This is a diplomatically led effort at this point, supported by military options," he said." The Republic of Korea and U.S. alliance remains strong and capable of countering any North Korean provocations or attacks."