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US 'jumped to conclusions' on nuke test: N. Korea media

Published on Feb 10, 2013 3:02 PM
A sailor from the South Korea Navy 7th Task Group takes part in a naval maneuver exercise in the East Sea off Pohang, about 370 km southeast of Seoul February 6, 2013. North Korea has vowed to conduct more rocket and nuclear tests in response to a UN censure for its launch of a long-range missile launch in December. --PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - A North Korean state media outlet has accused the United States of "jumping to conclusions" that the North would soon stage a nuclear test, adding to the confusion over its immediate intentions.

The US and its ally South Korea are "fussing over speculation" without knowing exactly what action the North plans to take, Tongil Sinbo, a Japan-based pro-North weekly magazine funded by Pyongyang, said in an editorial.

"The US and enemies, based on their own hypothesis and arguments, jumped to the conclusion that we would stage a third nuclear test," said the editorial dated Friday and posted on the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri. "They are fussing over speculation without having a clue about what important state measures will be taken, including whether it will be a nuclear test or something worse than that," it said.

The North's top body, the National Defence Commission, announced on Jan 24 it would carry out a "high-level nuclear test" and further rocket launches, in a defiant response to tightened UN sanctions after its successful long-range rocket launch in December.

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