Thursday, May 28, 2015Thursday, May 28, 2015

North Korea condemns UN, threatens a 'new form' of nuclear test

Published on Mar 30, 2014 4:34 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - 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 launch.

"It is absolutely intolerable that the UN Security Council, turning a blind eye to the US 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 US will involve "more diversified nuclear deterrence" that will be used for hitting medium- and long-range targets "with a variety of striking power".

"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.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!