North Korea threatens nuclear test

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 07:25 hrs

Pyongyang: North Korea said Thursday it plans a new nuclear test and more rocket launches.

In a statement carried by KCNA news agency, the National Defense Commission said that in a new phase of the anti-US struggle, North Korea does not hide its plans to continue launching "a variety of satellites and long-range rockets", and carry out a "higher level" nuclear test targeted at the US, "the sworn enemy of the Korean people".

The commission also criticized the UN Security Council resolution that condemns the country's recent satellite launch, reported Xinhua.

"No dialogue on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will be possible in the future even though there may be dialogues and negotiations on ensuring peace and security in the region including the Korean Peninsula."

The 15-member UN Security Council Tuesday unanimously approved Resolution 2087, which requires North Korea to comply with all relevant resolutions approved by the Security Council and not to use the ballistic missile technology for any launch.

It also reiterated a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the issues concerned and advocated the renewal of the six-party talks over the denuclearization issue on the Korean Peninsula.

The six-party talks, which involve South Korea, North Korea, China, the US, Japan and Russia, began in 2003 but stalled in December 2008.

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