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    Seoul Fears North Korean Provocation Amid Political Crisis, Ready to Repel

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    Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Jeon Ha-kyu said any North Korean provocation would be equal "to self-destruction."

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — South Korea's military fear that North Korea could make a "provocation" amid political crisis in Seoul and new sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council, and promise to take counter measures, media reported on Monday.

    "We are closely monitoring North Korea's military moves as it might misinterpret political trouble in the South and the power transition period in the U.S. as a good opportunity to provoke," Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Jeon Ha-kyu was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

    He added that any North Korean provocation would be equal "to self-destruction."

    On Friday, South Korean National Assembly will vote on the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye amid a corruption scandal around her close friend and "shadow adviser" Choi Soon-sil.

    On November 30, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the draft resolution condemning "in the strongest terms" the nuclear test conducted by North Korea on September 9. The resolution prohibited UN members from buying a number of North Korean exports, including coal and several metals.

    On December 2, North Korea carried out a massive artillery drill in the Yellow Sea that simulated striking military targets in South Korea.

    On September 5, Pyongyang launched three ballistic missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan. Several days later it conducted a successful test of a nuclear warhead, which is believed to be the fifth and largest blast since Pyongyang began pursuing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. On October 14, North Korea carried out a failed test of the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile near the northwestern city of Kusong.

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