The Straits Times
Published on Jan 25, 2013

North Korea plans nuclear test aimed at US


SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea said on Thursday it planned to carry out a third nuclear test aimed at its "arch-enemy" the United States (US) in response to tightened United Nations (UN) sanctions, in a statement condemned by Washington as "needlessly provocative".

The announcement also prompted a call for restraint from the North's sole major ally China, and a warning from rival South Korea to heed the demands of the international community.

Following a UN Security Council meeting this week, the communist state hurled fresh invective at its US-led foes in a statement from its National Defence Commission, without specifying when the nuclear test might take place.

But it said the test - which would follow detonations in 2006 and 2009 that were condemned around the world - would be part of an "upcoming all-out action" that marked a "new phase" in the country's anti-US struggle.