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S. Korea warns North against nuclear test

Published on Jan 31, 2013 12:26 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Lee Myung Bak held an emergency security meeting on Thursday that warned North Korea of "serious consequences" if it went through with an expected nuclear test.

The meeting at the presidential Blue House included the defence minister, National Intelligence Service chief and the national security advisor.

A statement issued afterwards said Mr Lee had insisted on a strengthened defence posture, given Pyongyang's apparent desire to take advantage of the ongoing leadership transition in the South.

Mr Lee will be formally replaced as president by the newly elected Park Geun-Hye on Feb 25.

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