North Korea on Thursday said it would carry out more rocket launches and nuclear tests that would target the United States, a country that it named as its "sworn enemy".
The announcement by the country´s top military body National Defense Commission came a day after the U.N. Security Council agreed to a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction North Korea for a rocket launch in December.
"A variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it," the country said.
The "upcoming all-out action" will be aimed at deterring the hostile policy of "the US, the sworn enemy of the Korean people", the NDC headed by the country´s young leader Kim Jong Un, said.
Thursday´s statement also represents a huge challenge to China, the lone major ally of the isolated country that had also agreed to the latest U.S.-backed resolution against North Korea.
Pyongyang in December said it launched a long-range rocket to successfully deploy a satellite into orbit, defying critics who accuse it of trying to develop technology to deliver a nuclear warhead on intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The launch was followed by a wave of international condemnation and the call for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss North Korea's defiance of threats of sanctions.