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Tension goes nuclear on Korean Peninsula: South threatens North over tests

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In this photo released by Korea Aerospace Research Institute, South Korea’s rocket lifts off from its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. South Korea says it has successfully launched a satellite into orbit from its own soil for the first time. (AP Photo/Korea Aerospace Research Institute)

Don’t conduct another nuclear test: That’s the blunt message of South Korea to North Korea, at a time when Pyongyang is seeming to sidestep international pressure and plan for a third launch.

The warning, Reuters reports, is “the toughest yet after North Korea vowed to conduct more rocket and nuclear tests in response to a U.N. censure for its launch of a long-range missile in December.”

Most military analysts agree North Korea will go forth with the test, despite warnings and pressures, CBS reports. South Korea’s just-launched satellite, meanwhile, is up and running and performing well, CBS also says.

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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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