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South Korea Warns of North Nuke Test
South Korea on Friday warned that the North can be expected to detonate another nuclear test device in the wake of its firing of a long-range rocket on Wednesday, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
"There is a high probability for a nuclear test following the launch of the long-range missile and, from the analysis of intelligence, significant progress has been made to carry out a nuclear test," Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik said to legislators.
A test would fit with Pyongyang's past practice of firing rockets shortly in advance of its 2006 and 2009 nuclear trials.
"North Korea has a track record of conducting nuclear tests after launching long-range missiles and the aim of the launch was to develop a delivery system that could carry nuclear warheads," Yu said.
The South's lead intelligence organization this week said North Korea could conduct a nuclear test "even today or tomorrow if it wants to," Kyodo News reported.
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday condemned the launch of the Unha 3 rocket, which Pyongyang said carried a weather satellite into space, as a violation of resolutions that ban any North Korean ballistic missile activity. Undeterred, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un has directed his nation to send more satellites into orbit, Agence France-Presse reported.
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