S. Korea: OK, Maybe North Isn't Plotting New Test
Beijing losing patience with Pyongyang
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2013 3:29 AM CDT
A North Korean vehicle carrying a missile passes by during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

(Newser) – Tensions on the Korean peninsula eased marginally today after South Korean officials backed off earlier reports that Pyongyang was getting ready for another missile test. A top official told reporters that he had misspoken when he said there was an "indication" that another test was imminent, and had been "startled" to learn that his remarks had been widely reported, the AP reports. Defense officials in Seoul say there has been activity around the North's nuclear test site, but nothing out of the ordinary.

A new nuclear test from the North would have raised tensions even higher after weeks of threats from Pyongyang, and Beijing appears to be becoming increasingly fed up with its neighbor's antics, Reuters reports. Leaders in China have said they will not tolerate any "chaos" or "trouble-making" over the border and Beijing wants to see a nuclear-free peace prevail, with all parties taking part in talks. Sens. Charles Schumer and John McCain sharply criticized China yesterday for not doing more to rein in its troublesome ally, the New York Times reports. "It’s about time they stepped up to the plate and put a little pressure on this North Korean regime," Schumer told Face the Nation.

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kawahchan
Apr 8, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Sounded like North Korean kid Kim Jong-un is playing the video game with a black man Barack Obama's fancy one-to-one basketball game. I've never see Obama scored any basket at all, have you see one into basket ? It is doubtful about the Computer Images Processing technique to identify and aim an in-coming missile. If you know Maths, you can tell the difference between a missile flying a parabola to hit a target and a Laser weapon shot a straight line to hit a target. The brainless think Sanctions are a solution; yes, is the former (D) President Jimmy Carter can get the credit from his sanctions against Iran policy and make Iranian backbone to have today's Sciences & Technology success ? DON'T follow the Barack Obama and his Democratic Party's daydream !!!
donwine
Apr 8, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
"... he had misspoken when he said there was an "indication" that another test was imminent..." It worked for Bush!
viva_yo
Apr 8, 2013 8:01 AM CDT
One would really hope that China would be more willing to reign in it's tiny maniac to the west. One scientist likened nuclear weapons akin to two men standing knee deep in a basement filled with gasoline. One has one match & the other has 20 matches but it doesn't matter how many nukes they have, only that they're willing to use them.