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Activists wear the face masks of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and his wife Ri Sol-Ju (L) as they “beg” for money during an anti-Pyongyang rally urging North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons in Seoul, Jan 31. — Photo by AFP

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea is threatening to retaliate for what it calls US double standards over recent rocket launches by Pyongyang and US 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 US 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 UN 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. US experts say Pyongyang's satellite is apparently malfunctioning.


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Cyrus Howell
February 2, 2013 7:02 am
If North Korea were to go to war with South Korea half of their population would flee into China. What Chinese officials and the Chinese military have told Pyongyang we have no way of knowing.
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