(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korea is not going to take another nuclear test by North Korea lightly.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday warned of “very grave consequences” if Pyongyang conducts another nuclear test as it did in 2006 and 2009.
The United Nations Security Council strictly prohibits such action, but North Korea seemingly marches to the beat of its own dictator, in this case, President Kim Jong-un, who has lately threatened the U.S. if Washington and its allies try to suppress his government’s rogue nuclear ambitions.
South Korea’s warning did not specify what kind of consequence would result if Pyongyang moves ahead with the test, which could come at any time.
Nonetheless, Lee instructed South Korea’s defense minister to maintain strong military readiness as the situation in the region becomes more volatile.
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