The White House has said that the North Korea's threat to conduct a third nuclear test that would target the US is 'needlessly provocative'.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the test would be a significant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions
He further pointed out that such a move would only increase the Asian nation's isolation, adding that its continued focus on its nuclear and missile program is doing nothing to help the North Korean people, CBS News reports.
Carney said the council decision to tighten sanctions would impede the growth of weapons of mass destruction programs in North Korea.
According to the report, he said the U.S. would be taking additional steps.
North Korea's National Defense Commission said on Thursday a nuclear test was part of "upcoming" action directed against the U.S., but did not say exactly when or where it would take place.
The commission, led by leader Kim Jong Un, also made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry warheads aimed at striking the United States. (ANI)