North Korea threatens to conduct new nuclear test
Iran Press TV
Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:35AM GMT
North Korea has threatened to carry out a fourth nuclear test over what it calls hostility from the US.
On Thursday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry slammed a recent adoption of a resolution by the United Nations (UN) over Pyongyang's human rights violations, calling it "a grave political provocation."
An unnamed ministry spokesman said that Pyongyang would strengthen its war deterrence in an "unlimited manner" in order to deal with Washington, which is "compelling us not to refrain from conducting a new nuclear test any longer."
The comments echoed those made recently by North Korean Foreign Ministry adviser for UN and human rights issues Choe Myong Nam at the UN.
On November 18, a UN committee adopted a resolution urging the Security Council to refer North Korea's rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is the first time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could be targeted by international prosecutors under a UN resolution.
Although the resolution was drafted by the European Union and Japan, Pyongyang said it was "orchestrated" by the US.
Last month, North Korea's Ambassador to the UN So Se Pyong expressed willingness to resume six-party talks on the country's nuclear program. The negotiations, which were held until 2008 before they broke down, involved Russia, China, Japan, the US and South Korea.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) tested nuclear devices in 2006, 2009 and 2013. It has been the subject of UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile tests.
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