N. Korea hints at nuclear test after UN sanctions

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea reacted defiantly on Wednesday to a new round of United Nations (UN) sanctions, hinting that it would carry out a nuclear test and ruling out any talks on denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

"We will take physical actions aimed at expanding and strengthening our self-defensive military forces, including nuclear deterrence," the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

The statement came hours after the UN Security Council unanimously ordered new sanctions against North Korea for a banned rocket launch last month and threatened "significant action" if it stages a nuclear test.