North Korea condemns U.N., threatens a 'new form' of nuclear test
SEOUL — North Korea threatened on Sunday
to conduct what it called "a new form of nuclear test", raising
the level of rhetoric after members of the United Nations
Security Council condemned the North's recent ballistic missile
"It is absolutely intolerable that the U.N. Security
Council, turning a blind eye to the U.S. madcap nuclear war
exercises, 'denounced' the Korean People's Army (KPA)'s
self-defensive rocket launching drills and called them a
'violation of resolutions' and a 'threat to international peace
and security' and is set to take an 'appropriate step'," the
North's foreign ministry said in a statement on the official
KCNA news agency.
The statement said KPA drills to counter the U.S. will
involve "more diversified nuclear deterrence" that will be used
for hitting medium- and long-range targets "with a variety of
"We would not rule out a new form of nuclear test for
bolstering up our nuclear deterrence," the North's statement
said, without giving any indication of what that might entail.
After Pyongyang fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic
missiles into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula
on Wednesday, the 15-member Security Council on Thursday
condemned the launches violating U.N. resolutions.
North Korea's first firing in four years of mid-range
missiles that can reach Japan followed a series of short-range
rocket launches over the past two months.
In defiance of U.N. resolutions, North Korea conducted its
third nuclear test in February 2013 and declared it had made
progress in securing a functioning atomic arsenal.
It is widely believed the North does not have the capacity
to deliver a nuclear strike on the mainland United States.