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South Korean Army soldiers and rescue team members search for missing people at the Imjin River in Yeoncheon, north of Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 8, 2009. South Korea rejected North Korea's explanation for a sudden, deadly release of dam water, causing flooding that left six South Koreans dead or missing. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Do-yun)

(Bloomberg) — South Korea’s defense ministry says it is closely monitoring the water level at a North Korean dam near the border as heavy rainfall in the peninsula is raising fears that Pyongyang could discharge water and cause flooding in the South.

Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said in a briefing Tuesday that the water level in the Hwanggang Dam just north of the border was near capacity. While it doesn’t believe North Korea would engage in a “flooding attack,” the ministry has previously said the military would be ready to provide emergency assistance if North Korea suddenly opened the floodgates.

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