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For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test

A video grab from KCNA shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket before it was launched at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province released by KCNA in Pyongyang December 13, 2012. KCNA said the video was taken December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

A video grab from KCNA shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket before it was launched at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province released by KCNA in Pyongyang December...more

A video grab from KCNA shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket before it was launched at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province released by KCNA in Pyongyang December 13, 2012. KCNA said the video was taken December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Koreans celebrate a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in Pyongyang December 13, 2012 in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. REUTERS/KCNA

North Koreans celebrate a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in Pyongyang December 13, 2012 in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. REUTERS/KCNA

North Koreans celebrate a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in Pyongyang December 13, 2012 in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Koreans perform during an event for youths and students to remember late leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang December 13, 2012, a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency, days before the first anniversary of Kim's death. REUTERS/KCNA

North Koreans perform during an event for youths and students to remember late leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang December 13, 2012, a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in this picture released by North...more

North Koreans perform during an event for youths and students to remember late leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang December 13, 2012, a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency, days before the first anniversary of Kim's death. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Koreans perform during an event for youths and students to remember late leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang December 13, 2012, a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency, days before the first anniversary of Kim's death. REUTERS/KCNA

North Koreans perform during an event for youths and students to remember late leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang December 13, 2012, a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in this picture released by North...more

North Koreans perform during an event for youths and students to remember late leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang December 13, 2012, a day after the country's successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency, days before the first anniversary of Kim's death. REUTERS/KCNA
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A screen shows a rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in this photo released by Kyodo December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. REUTERS/Kyodo

A screen shows a rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in this photo released by Kyodo December 12, 2012. North Korea...more

A screen shows a rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in this photo released by Kyodo December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. REUTERS/Kyodo
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A screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

A screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the official KCNA...more

A screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA
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An image taken from a screen and released on December 13, 2012 by South Korea's defence ministry, shows South Korean sailors checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, which the defence ministry conjectured to be a fuel container of the rocket, on the sea 160 km (99 miles) off Gunsan, south of Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its youthful new leader, Kim Jong-un, who took power a year ago, and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

An image taken from a screen and released on December 13, 2012 by South Korea's defence ministry, shows South Korean sailors checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, which the defence ministry conjectured to be a...more

An image taken from a screen and released on December 13, 2012 by South Korea's defence ministry, shows South Korean sailors checking a piece of wreckage of North Korea's Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, which the defence ministry conjectured to be a fuel container of the rocket, on the sea 160 km (99 miles) off Gunsan, south of Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its youthful new leader, Kim Jong-un, who took power a year ago, and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout
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A screen shows a rocket being launched from an onboard camera at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in this photo released by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

A screen shows a rocket being launched from an onboard camera at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in this photo released by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

A screen shows a rocket being launched from an onboard camera at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at North Korea's satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province, in this photo released by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
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A screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

A screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the official...more

A screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA
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A South Korean soldier watches a television report on North Korea's rocket launch, at Seoul railroad station in Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents. The rocket, which North Korea says was designed to put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labelled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far as the continental the United States. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

A South Korean soldier watches a television report on North Korea's rocket launch, at Seoul railroad station in Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping...more

A South Korean soldier watches a television report on North Korea's rocket launch, at Seoul railroad station in Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents. The rocket, which North Korea says was designed to put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labelled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far as the continental the United States. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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North Korean scientists work as a screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean scientists work as a screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released...more

North Korean scientists work as a screen shows the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket being launched from a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, at the satellite control centre in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in this picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang December 12, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean military band performs to celebrate their country's rocket launch in front of a triumphal gateway in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Korean military band performs to celebrate their country's rocket launch in front of a triumphal gateway in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Korean military band performs to celebrate their country's rocket launch in front of a triumphal gateway in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
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North Koreans dance to celebrate their country's rocket lauch in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Koreans dance to celebrate their country's rocket lauch in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Koreans dance to celebrate their country's rocket lauch in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
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North Korean military band performs to celebrate their country's rocket launch in front of a triumphal gateway in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Korean military band performs to celebrate their country's rocket launch in front of a triumphal gateway in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Korean military band performs to celebrate their country's rocket launch in front of a triumphal gateway in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (C) presides over an emergency meeting of the National Security Council after North Korea launched a rocket, at the Blue House in Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents. REUTERS/The Blue House/Handout

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (C) presides over an emergency meeting of the National Security Council after North Korea launched a rocket, at the Blue House in Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday,...more

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (C) presides over an emergency meeting of the National Security Council after North Korea launched a rocket, at the Blue House in Seoul December 12, 2012. North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents. REUTERS/The Blue House/Handout
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