The Straits Times
Published on Feb 12, 2013

North Korea signals 'all-out, high-intensity' action


SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's ruling communist party has called for the staging of a "high-intensity" action and further long-range rocket launches, state media said on Tuesday, ahead of an expected nuclear test.

A meeting of the workers party politburo "called for staging an all-out action of high intensity," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Tuesday, without specifically mentioning a nuclear test.

The politburo also "stressed the need to continue launching satellites ... and powerful long-range rockets," KCNA said.

The statement carried strong echoes of the initial announcement last month by the North's top military body, the National Defence Commission, that it would conduct a "high-level nuclear test" and further rocket launches.