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    South Korea to North: Don’t Mess With Us

    PANMUNJOM, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 27:  South Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom between South and North Korea at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on February 27, 2013 in South Korea. North Korea confirmed it had successfully carried out an underground nuclear test on February 12, as a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 was detected by several international monitoring agencies.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

    S. Korean soldiers at Demilitarized Zone on Feb. 27. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty)

    South Korea would like Pyongyang to check itself before it wrecks itself. The nation warned its neighbor to the north that if it “carries out provocations that threaten the lives and safety of South Koreans, our military will carry out strong and resolute resolutions.” South Korea doesn’t typically react to the North’s blustering, but its most recent threat to end the Korean War truce and attack both the U.S. and South Korea with “lighter and smaller nukes,” in response to potential new and tougher sanctions from the U.N. Security Council, seems to have hit a nerve.

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