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Neighbors prep militaries after N. Korean nuclear test

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South Korean army soldiers walk on a snow covered road during an exercise near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. A day after North Korea defied U.N. warnings with a nuclear test, Pyongyang's neighbors turned Wednesday to the business of bolstering their military preparations and sending out scientists to determine whether the detonation was as successful as the North claimed.

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A North Korean military guard post, right bottom, in North Korea's Kaepoong is viewed from the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.

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South Korean protesters burn an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during an anti-North Korea rally denouncing the North's nuclear test in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.

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North Korea's neighbors bolstered their military preparations and mobilized scientists Wednesday to determine whether Pyongyang's third nuclear test, conducted in defiance of U.N. warnings, was as successful as the North claimed. The detonation was also the focus of global diplomatic maneuvers, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaching out to counterparts in Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.
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    • South Korean army soldiers walk on a snow covered road during an exercise near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. A day after North Korea defied U.N. warnings with a nuclear test, Pyongyang’s neighbors turned Wednesday to the business of bolstering their military preparations and sending out scientists to determine whether the detonation was as successful as the North claimed.
    •  A North Korean military guard post, right bottom, in North Korea’s Kaepoong is viewed from the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
    •  South Korean protesters burn an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during an anti-North Korea rally denouncing the North’s nuclear test in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
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