Thursday, January 24, 2013
Warning to the "sworn enemy": North Korea plans nuclear tests to "settle accounts with the US
North Korea said today is will carry out a nuclear test and sent a warning to its “sworn enemy” America.
The National Defence Commission, headed by leader Kim Jong-un, blamed the US for prompting a UN resolution that condemned its December rocket launch.
North Korea is banned from carrying out missile activity but said the launch had been a peaceful effort to send a satellite into space.
But in a sabre-rattling statement, it indicated its launches also have a military purpose.
Retaliation: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
It said: “Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival.”
“A nuclear test... will target against the US, the sworn enemy of the Korean people.”
It is not clear when or where the test will take place but US envoy for North Korea Glyn Davies said earlier: “We call on them not to do it.”
The US had no immediate response but earlier its envoy Glyn Davies urged North Korea not to explode an atomic device.
Concern: US envoy to North Korea Glyn Davies
“Whether North Korea tests or not, it’s up to North Korea. We hope they don’t do it. We call on them not to do it,” he said in Seoul.
“It will be a mistake and a missed opportunity if they were to do it.”