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S. Korea ready to launch preemptive strike against N. Korea

- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2013

South Korean officials are considering a preemptive strike against North Korea amid fears that the North will soon conduct a nuclear weapons test in response to a new round of sanctions by the United Nations.

North Korea last conducted a short-range ballistic missile test in December. Its last nuclear test was an underground detonation in 2009.

The Hankyoreh, a daily newspaper in South Korea, reports that Jung Seung-jo, South Korea's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military would launch a preemptive attack if "signs of an imminent nuclear weapon launch against the South were detected."

Business Insider picked up North Korea's response via its official state-run media website: "They do not know what a real war is like and they would shudder after experiencing our military's spirit to attack in a single breath."

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