North Korea plans new nuclear test in rebuke to UN
By Mirwais Adeel - 24 Jan 2013, 2:10 pm
Although it was not the first time North Korea had expressed such a strident stance, its posture, coming under the new leadership of Kim Jong-un, threw a direct challenge to President Obama as he starts his second term, and to Park Geun-hye, who will be sworn in as president of South Korea next month.
The announcement by the country’s top military body came a day after the UN Security Council agreed a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction the country for a rocket launch in December that breached its bans.
In a statement carried Thursday by state media, the National Defense Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a “full-fledged confrontation” against the U.S. for what it calls continued hostility.
North Korea, which often issues bellicose statements in its state media, said Thursday that it rejected all Security Council resolutions concerning it.
In the meantime Glyn Davies, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, warned Pyongyang against conducting a nuclear test.
“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. It will be a mistake and a missed opportunity if they were to do it,” he said to reporters in Seoul.
Analysts said the North could test as early as February as South Korea prepares to install a new, untested president or that it could choose to stage a nuclear explosion to coincide with former ruler Kim Jong-il’s Feb. 16 birthday.