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North Korea's Nuclear Test Old Hat for South Koreans
Written by Lee Yoo Eun On 13 February 2013 @ 20:24 pm | 4 Comments
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North Korea confirmed on February 12 that it had conducted  its third nuclear test, drawing condemnation from the international community and escalating the already heightened tension in East Asia.
The blast, which is the first nuclear test under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, was estimated to be about half as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb , but with more explosive power than the country's previous two tests.
For some South Koreans, living in the shadow of their now three-time nuclear neighbor to the north, the news was cause for anger and alarm. For others, such as @capcold  on Twitter, it meant that another tired cycle of negotiations, diplomatic talks, and economic sanctions was set to begin.
@capcold:  북한에서 진도 5.1 인공지진 감지[...]다시 무력시위에 나선 깡패국가를 상대로 골치아픈 외교국면에 돌입.
Unsurprisingly, many South Korean net users took a hawkish stance, with some blaming previous administrations for employing the dovish, Sunshine policy toward the North Korea .
@yoonjujin : 북한의 핵은 체제 방어용이든 협상용이든, 그게 중요한게 아닙니다. 핵이 대한민국을 겨냥하고 있으며, 안보를 위협하고 있다는 것이 중요한 것입니다. 그걸 애써 외면하면서, 김정은에게 잘해주면 핵을 포기할 것 같이 말하는 것은 심각한 왜곡이자 교란입니다.
@freedomnorth : 김씨 왕조가 자기들이 파묻힐 구덩이를 확실하게 파고 있습니다. 인민들은 당장 먹고 살아야 하는데 핵실험을 강행하다니, 이런 자들에게 식량과 현금을 묻지마 퍼준 대가입니다. 북한을 도와주지 않아서 인민이 어려운 것이 아니라 저래서 안되는 것입니다.
The current administration, which has taken a tough stance on North Korea, also came under fire. Several hours after North Korea launched its nuclear test, news broke  that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was awarded the highest government honor despite numerous allegations of corruption being made against members of his inner circle.
@nabiwahighill : 북한이 핵폭탄실험 준비하는 시간에, 퇴임앞둔 MB 스스로 자신의 공적을치하해 훈장수여를 의결하고, 최시중 천신일 박희태 측근, 친인척과 사주까지 풀어주고,집권 5년간 대한민국을 위해 한게없다.
As time passed, commentary on Twitter toned down. @drpyo  expressed concerns over extreme right-wing groups taking advantage of the situation to persecute liberals and the government's critics.
@drpyo :북한 핵실험 빙자해 50~60년대 식 ‘빨갱이 때려잡자’ 선동하며 사회혼란 야기하는 자, 국익 저해하고 북한 이롭게 하는 자들입니다. 겉으론 보수, 애국, 반공 부르짖을 지 몰라도 그 결과와 효과는 북한 의도에 부응하는 것이며 북한 이롭게 합니다.
However, a significant number of South Koreans, so accustomed to news of North Korea's nuclear ambitions, were eerily indifferent; while North Korea's nuclear test dominated international headlines, in South Korea a cosmetic company's half-price promotion deal ranked above  [ko] the North Korea's nuclear test in a list of the most searched words of the largest web portal. The tension between the two Koreas is nothing new, stretching for more than 60 years since the Korean war  ended in a truce.
@judefri : 북한 핵실험: 역시 선택과 집중에 탁월한 국가.문제는 당장 내일 그걸 쏘겠다고 해도내일 출근해서 점심에 뭐 먹을지 고민할 사람이 더 많다는 거겠지.북핵보다 무서운 게 매너리즘이란 말도 있잖아.
For a more complete history of North Korea's nuclear program, take a look at this interactive timeline  from The New York Times.
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URLs in this post:
 confirmed on February 12 that it had conducted: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test.html
 about half as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/julian-borger-global-security-blog/2013/feb/12/north-korea-nuclear-test
 @capcold: https://twitter.com/capcold
 Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JointSecurityAreaNorthKoreans.jpg
 @capcold:: https://twitter.com/capcold/status/301172223539040256
 Sunshine policy toward the North Korea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Policy
 @yoonjujin: https://twitter.com/yoonjujin/status/301181869582610432
 @freedomnorth: https://twitter.com/freedomnorth/status/301178273998704641
 news broke: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/02/12/73/0301000000AEN20130212002151315F.HTML
 @nabiwahighill: https://twitter.com/nabiwahighhill/status/301202447735611392
 @drpyo: https://twitter.com/drpyo
 @drpyo: https://twitter.com/drpyo/status/301253699018305537
 promotion deal ranked above: http://www.imaeil.com/sub_news/sub_news_view.php?news_id=7407&yy=2013
 the Korean war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War
 judefri: https://twitter.com/nightstreets/status/301186332783427585
 interactive timeline: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/02/05/world/asia/northkorea-timeline.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130212#/#time238_7098
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