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    North Korea Prepares Nuke Test

    A soldier stands near the North Korean rocket Unha-3 rocket at the Tongchang-ri space center on April 8, 2012.  North Korea's long-range rocket is on its launch platform, AFP reporters said Sunday, as the regime again insisted it was to send a peaceful satellite and not a missile. The usually secretive North organised an unprecedented visit for foreign reporters to Tongchang-ri space centre in an effort to show its Unha-3 rocket is not a disguised ballistic missile, as claimed by the US and its allies.  AFP PHOTO/ Pedro UGARTE (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South Korean intelligence officials warned that the North is preparing a nuclear weapons test to follow its controversial long-range missile test, according to reports Monday. According to South Korean intelligence, North Korea is preparing a site, where nuclear tests were held in 2006 and 2009, for a third demonstration to come after the missile test. The 2006 and 2009 tests put an end to an agreement reached in 2005 for the country to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The planned rocket launch, scheduled to take place later this month, has the region and the world on edge, and Japan has announced it has readied its missile-defense systems.

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