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North Korea threatens U.S. over rocket launches

LAST UPDATED: 05:53 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea >> North Korea is threatening to retaliate for what it calls U.S. double standards over recent rocket launches by Pyongyang and U.S. ally Seoul.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman did not elaborate on what that might entail in his comments Saturday to the official Korean Central News Agency. But Pyongyang has recently threatened to conduct its third nuclear test in response to what it calls U.S. hostility.

Washington says Seoul’s rocket launch Wednesday had no military intent while Pyongyang’s in December was a test of banned ballistic missile technology.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang for its launch. Pyongyang says it should be allowed to launch satellites for peaceful purposes.

Both Koreas say their satellites are working properly. U.S. experts say Pyongyang’s satellite is apparently malfunctioning.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Give me back my kim chee or I going tell mommy!
on February 2,2013 | 05:57AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Hot dogs with kim chee on the side on Super Bowl Sunday........yommy.
on February 2,2013 | 10:37AM
hanalei395 wrote:
on February 2,2013 | 10:41AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Just let China control North Korea. The U.S. needs to quit meddling in foreign countries' affairs all over the world. We need to take care of our own people and problems first.
on February 2,2013 | 05:57AM
cojef wrote:
Isolationism is not a solution, but mutual understanding of each other's sovereignty is paramount in exchanging meaningful dialog betweent two entities. Of course, it takes two to two tango, thus if it is only one-sided their will not be a meeting of the minds, as in the present case. What you have posted has more meaning in that an intermediary is necessary for the purpose of securing and establishing global peace and security. Often We are portrayed as meddlers and the cause or world instability. Much is evidenced by the terrorist attacks of our Embassies in recent times. Dealing with rogue nations is not a simple task, but "macho diplomacy" is not the answer as practiced by North Korea and Iran in current times.
on February 2,2013 | 06:45AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
China hasn't been able to control the North. China is hoping the North does not launch an attack because if they do, the North will cease to exist. North Korea can't be that stupid or can they?
on February 2,2013 | 07:06AM
localguy wrote:
What if the North Korean nuclear test releases radioactive material into the air, contaminating a wide are of their country, then flows over the border into China, contaminating a large section of their country. Hmmm, maybe then China will agree to stopping NK's nuclear ambition.
on February 2,2013 | 08:59AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
China doesn't want the US on their doorstep, that's why they support north korea now, that's why they supported them during the korean war.
on February 2,2013 | 07:34PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I think we should shoot down their satellites in space, isolate them until their government collapses completely.
on February 2,2013 | 07:31PM
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