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North Korea vows not to rule out a new nuclear test

Published on Mar 30, 2014 8:53 PM
 

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea vowed not to rule out a "new form" of nuclear test on Sunday after the UN Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul's joint military drills with Washington.

Pyongyang has carried out a series of rocket and short-range missile launches in recent weeks which have prompted stern reactions from South Korea and the United States.

On Wednesday it upped the ante by test-firing two mid-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan, sparking condemnation from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

"(We) would not rule out a new form of a nuclear test for bolstering up (our) nuclear deterrence," Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the North's state-run KCNA news agency.

 
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