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The announcement by the country's top military body came a day after the United Nations Security Council agreed a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction the country for a rocket launch in December that breached U.N. rules.
"We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States," North Korea's National Defence Commission said, according to state news agency KCNA.
North Korea is believed by South Korea and other observers to be "technically ready" for a third nuclear test, and the decision to go ahead rests with leader Kim Jong-un who pressed ahead with the December rocket launch in defiance of the U.N. sanctions.
"Whether North Korea tests or not is up to North Korea," Glyn Davies, the top U.S. envoy for North Korean diplomacy, said in the South Korean capital of Seoul as KCNA released its statement.
"We hope they don't do it. We call on them not to do it," Davies said. "This is not a moment to increase tensions on the Korean peninsula."
The North was banned from developing missile and nuclear technology under sanctions dating from its 2006 and 2009 nuclear tests.
The concern now is that Pyongyang, whose only major diplomatic ally, China, endorsed the latest U.N. resolution, could undertake a third nuclear test using highly enriched uranium for the first time, opening a second path to a bomb.
Its previous tests have been viewed as limited successes and used plutonium, of which the North has limited stocks.
North Korea gave no time-frame for the coming test and often employs harsh rhetoric in response to U.N. and U.S. actions.
Posted by tipper 2013-01-24 00:38||
#3 Nuke, OWG Caliphate-happy Iran + Radical Islam are undoubtedly happy today at this bit of news.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-01-24 01:19||
#4 Wow, that'll sure jerk the NK's into line. Why didn't we do this, oh, say, 60 years ago?
Posted by ed in texas 2013-01-24 07:20||
#5 North Korea has stated that they "Intend to Nuke America" Sounds like a Declaration of war to me.
Will we DO ANYTHING, Nope, they've screamed for years now, SO Obama will wait for the explosion,It'll mean war, and the end of his Presidency.
But hey, a small price for his Incomprternce, Bungling and Lying, be ready for it.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-01-24 10:50||
#6 China calls for talks after North Korean threat With North Korea openly threatening the United States with nuclear weapons, China called Thursday for a new round of diplomacy and appears to be growing increasingly frustrated with its longtime ally.
Beijing's calls for intervention come amid a torrent of belligerent language from Pyongyang, angered by a United Nations resolution earlier in the week expanding sanctions over its missile and nuclear program.
The latest escalation came Thursday when Pyongyang lashed out at the United States, which it called the Â"archenemy of the Korean people.''
Â"We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States,Â" North Korea's National Defense Commission said in a statement released by the official news service.
Â"Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words,Â" it said.
Posted by tipper 2013-01-24 13:17||
#7 [China] appears to be growing increasingly frustrated with its longtime ally
Not frustrated enough to jerk its leash, apparently.
Posted by Pappy 2013-01-24 14:01||