spacer
Home Page
NewsNorth Korea 'plans third nuclear test'
24 January 2013
North Korea

 

North Korea says it is proceeding with plans for a third nuclear test.

In a statement carried by KCNA news agency, the top military body said the "high-level nuclear test" and more long-range rocket launches were aimed at its "arch-enemy", the US.

The statement gave no time-frame for the test. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009.

The move comes two days after a UN Security Council resolution condemned Pyongyang's recent rocket launch.

The Security Council also expanded sanctions against the communist country following its December launch, which was seen by the US and North Korea's neighbours as a banned test of long-range missile technology.

North Korea said the rocket was solely aimed at putting a satellite into space for peaceful purposes.

'Ready'
The statement, which came from North Korea's National Defence Commission, hit out at the resolution as "illegal", before pledging a response.

"We do not hide that the various satellites and long-range rockets we will continue to launch, as well as the high-level nuclear test we will proceed with, are aimed at our arch-enemy, the United States," KCNA quoted it as saying.

"Settling accounts with the US needs to be done with force, not with words," it added.

Recent reports from South Korean and US bodies which monitor North Korea's nuclear test sites had said North Korea could be preparing for a third test.

Earlier on Thursday, a South Korean defence ministry spokesman said it appeared that North Korea was "ready to conduct a nuclear test at anytime if its leadership decides to go ahead".

Regional neighbours and the US have urged it not to proceed.

"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," said Glyn Davies, the US special envoy on North Korea policy who is currently visiting Seoul.

"This is not a moment to increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula."

A South Korean foreign ministry spokesman said Seoul deeply regretted the North Korean statement and "strongly" urged it not to go ahead.

'High-level'
Both North Korea's previous nuclear tests followed long-range rocket launches.

If it were to go ahead, this would be the first nuclear test under Kim Jong-un, who took over the leadership after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in December 2011.

There was no explanation in the statement of what "high-level" test might mean.

Experts believe the two previous tests used plutonium as fissile material, but North Korea is also believed to have been working on a programme to produce highly-enriched uranium.

It is thought that North Korea is not yet able to make a nuclear device small enough to mount on a long-range missile, although the US believes that is Pyongyang's ultimate goal.
NewsSee Also in Political News
SC seeks report from Punjab, Sindh by Oct 30
21 October 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Sindh and Punjab to complete the legislation process by October 30 and hold LB elections in the provinces. The court also directed the ECP and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to complete the process and submit a report within a month so that the ECP could announce a final date for holding LB elections in the province A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, heard the local bodies (LB) election case. ... Full Story
Edhi Home robbery: Sketches of 3 suspects drawn
21 October 2014

KARACHI: Police have prepared computerised sketches of the men who robbed Edhi Foundation with the help of witnesses and CCTV footage. The three men whose sketches have been prepared are said to be aged 39, 50 and 60 years old. The robbers deprived the Edhi Foundation of millions of rupees in cash and gold on Sunday. The robbers held famous philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and other staff hostage during the heist. An FIR of the incident was registered at the Kharadar Police Station.Full Story
ANP stages sit-in outside Sindh CM House over worker’s killing
21 October 2014

KARACHI: The Awami National Party (ANP) staged a sit-in outside the Chief Minister House to protest the killing of one of its workers in an armed attack on late Monday night. The ANP worker was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire when he was busy in hoisting party flags along with others comrades in Frontier Colony area of SITE Town. ANP leader Bashir Jan said that the provincial government had failed in providing protection to his party workers. He announced that the sit-in would ... Full Story
Woman among four gunned down in Karachi
21 October 2014

KARACHI: At least four people including a woman were shot dead in different areas of the city on Monday. Unknown gunmen opened fire on political activities when they were ... Full Story
PTI to end sit-in if PM reveals all assets
21 October 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Monday he would wind up his 68-day sit-in if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif honestly declared all of his assets, ... Full Story
Govt’s ‘inadequate’ Rs11 million per month legal team
21 October 2014

ISLAMABAD: Given the amount of litigation they are involved in, both in a personal and an official capacity, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spends a massive amount of ... Full Story
PAT and allies discuss future strategy
21 October 2014

LAHORE: The Pakistan Awami Tehreek and allied parties discussed future protest strategy in view of the month of Muharram as well as likely local body elections. All leaders of ... Full Story
SBP data: Current account deficit clocks in at $1.33b
21 October 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan’s current account deficit in the first three months of 2014-15 remained $1.33 billion, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on ... Full Story
Predictions: Government unlikely to complete its term, says JI chief
21 October 2014
National Assembly session: MQM seeks to unseat Khursheed Shah
21 October 2014
Delimitation powers to ECP: SC gives Sindh, Punjab until Oct 30 to legislate
21 October 2014
Licence of ARY News suspended for 15 days
21 October 2014
Interim order: Top court unblocks OGDCL selloff
21 October 2014
NA adopts resolution congratulating Malala
21 October 2014
Notorious terrorists nabbed in Karachi operation: Qaim
21 October 2014
Federal, provincial govts may not complete terms: Siraj
21 October 2014
Pakistan, China want to see strong Iran, Afghanistan: Sartaj
21 October 2014
Sindh PA passes LG Amendment Bill 2014
21 October 2014
Stormy session of Sindh Assembly likely today
20 October 2014
Six die as passenger coach collides with trailer truck
20 October 2014
Iran summons Pak envoy over border killings
20 October 2014
BJP tightens grip on power with thumping poll wins
20 October 2014
Mild earthquake jolts Swat Valley
20 October 2014
Ties with Kabul: Afghan president to ‘share his vision with PM Nawaz’
20 October 2014
MQM ministers submit resignation to Sindh governor
20 October 2014
Awaz.tv
Privacy Policy: We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Disclaimer: Awaz.tv is not responsible for any content linked to or referred to from these pages. All videos, live tvs, blogs or video links point to content hosted on third party websites or members. We are using third party links for live tvs. Users who upload these videos or blogs agree not to upload illegal content when creating their user accounts. Awaz.tv does not accept responsibility for content hosted on third party websites or by the members. If you have any questions please contact us.
Copyright © 2000-2014 AWAZ.TV. All rights reserved unless where otherwise noted.