North Korea defiant over third nuclear test



This Jan. 4, 2013 satellite image provided by GeoEye shows North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test facility. This and other recent satellite photos show North Korea could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test, a U.S. research institute said Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. The images of the Punggye-ri site where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009 reveal that over the past month roads have been kept clear of snow and that North Koreans may be sealing the tunnel into a mountainside where a nuclear device would be detonated. But it remains difficult to discern North Korea’s true intentions as a test would be conducted underground. The analysis was provided to The Associated Press by 38 North, the website of U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. AP/GeoEye Satellite Image

SEOUL – North Korea has vowed “high-profile measures” in the latest in a series of threats sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions, state media said Sunday, suggesting it was determined to press ahead with a third nuclear test.

The warning by leader Kim Jong-Un came a day after Pyongyang said the planned test was a “demand of the people” following sanctions adopted last week in response to the North’s defiant long-range rocket launch on December 12.

In a meeting with top security officials, Kim expressed the “firm resolution to take substantial and high-profile important state measures” in light of the “grave situation” of the peninsula, state TV said.

It did not elaborate on the measures, an apparent reference to its plans to conduct a nuclear test even as China and the US have sought to pressure Pyongyang into backing down.

It accused the United States of leading “unprecedented anti-North moves” at the United Nations and hampering the North’s efforts for economic development by slapping more sanctions.

“This fact proved once again that the (North) should defend its sovereignty by itself. It became clear that there can be no denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula before the world has been denuclearised,” state TV said.

Top officials including military chief Hyon Yong-Chol, the head of the army’s politburo Choe Ryong-Hae and spy chief Kim Won-Hong attended the meeting, it added.

The North has stepped up hostile rhetoric against Seoul and Washington since the UN Security Council resolution that expanded the number of North Korean entities on an international blacklist.

The United States, supported by Japan and South Korea, spearheaded the new UN resolution prompted by the North’s rocket launch, which Pyongyang insists was a peaceful mission to send a satellite into orbit.

But the rest of the world sees it as a ballistic missile test banned under UN resolutions triggered by the North’s past nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

North Korea’s top military body last week threatened to conduct a third nuclear test and boost its ability to strike the United States but it did not specify a time frame.

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  • Angel Divera

    How about nuke it?

    • Glen Persson

       The USA cant nuke anyone, the problem is Satan has full leash on this worldly powers and governments, everyone is fooled into thinking they are safe and the governments have have no proof Iran and North Korea have nuclear missile capabilities. Hence they have been fooled and Iran along with North Korea and Russia has enough nuclear arsenal to eliminate USA and China if needed.

  • Pert Cabatana

    On one hand , barking dogs don’t bite. On the other hand, crazy dogs just bite without barking. It happened to me actually: I was bitten by a crazy dog without any warning. Therefore, it is critical for us to closely monitor the “craziness index” of North Korea. 

    • Glen Persson

       The USA is in the Bible as being the ‘Baylon’ and in one hour she was destroyed. I am a Canadian Christian and and I know who will do what eventually. North Korea will flatten the USA and Iran will flatten Israel. “For in one our her cities will be destroyed”

      • Emilio

         i don’t think so because the former Babylon is iraq and said in the bible they will punished by other country that much powerful than him.

        the USA is the most powerful among super power on earth and how come the USA that become being Babylon?

      • Tadyak

         Correct, I don’t see in any way they can harm US from external force, defense system  were tight and advance.

      • Olibo

        If you will read the Catholic Bible (Gideon?) in the book of Revelation on its footnote the Babylon is Rome. If you’d have time, read and prove it to yourself.Cheers.

      • Raul

        No!!!! Babylon is China. In one Minute she could be destroyed by North Korea.

  • Emilio

    don’t trust China because they are the No.1 who defend N-korea when launching a test for ballistic missile, i remember what china said before, said china in UN “those are right’s of N-korea to conducts launch testing of sending satellite in orbit”

    the questions is where is the satellite now?

    even the whole world know that it was a ballistic missile test and china insist in UN that is right’s of N-korea.

    this all faults of China and they want  to hide their self what really the true intention of N-korea and now already revealed.

    War China!!!!!

  • salomeahmad

    Since the cold war, the US Navy’s silent force(submarine) are lurking deep in the Korean Peninsula, ready to return the favor & waste Pyongyang.

    • Glen Persson

       shut up idiot

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    north korean is very dengerous 

  • Raul

    North Korea is the creation of China. Now even China can’t control him. So it’s Karma.

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