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North Korea says a new nuclear test will be part of fight against U.S.

North Korea says a new nuclear test will be part of fight against U.S.

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 7:16am

UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:37am

North Korea said Thursday that it plans to carry out a new nuclear test and further long-range rocket launches, all of which it said are a part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States.

The North's National Defense Commission said the moves would feed into an "upcoming all-out action" that would target the United States, "the sworn enemy of the Korean people."

Carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, the defense commission statement followed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Tuesday that condemned North Korea's recent rocket launch and expanded existing sanctions.

North Korea, which often issues bellicose statements in its state media, said Thursday that it rejected all Security Council resolutions concerning it.

It described this week's resolution as "the most dangerous phase of the hostile policy toward the DPRK," using the abbreviated version of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Just before the North sent out its hostile statement, a U.S. State Department official was telling reporters in Seoul that Washington hoped that Pyongyang wouldn't carry out another nuclear test.

"It would be a mistake and a missed opportunity if they were to do it," said Glyn Davies, the U.S. special envoy on North Korea. "This is not a moment to increase tension on the Korean peninsula."

North Korea has carried out two previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009.

CNN's K.J. Kwon reported from Seoul, and Jethro Mullen from Hong Kong. CNN's David Hawley in Seoul contributed to this report.

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If I was Iran and I wanted to keep a Nuc test quiet, I'd have a friend test it out for me...someone like N.K.

Let's prepare our nukes and patriot missiles. Do we have bombs that can break through their bunkers in the mountains? Israel - now is your opportunity - you are probably - no,you are certainly, on the list of targets.
They have finally revealed their true purpose - let em have it with ICBM's.

These nuts should have been taken out a long time ago. But every president, including Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama have kicked the can down the road so many times. Yes this also includes Congress. They have let an enemy grow in power while letting the country grow weak.

Sanctions only do so much. Sooner or later you have to DO something that takes some risk. We are way behind on that.

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