North Korea today announced that it planned to carry out a nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its "sworn enemy" the United States in the wake of tightened UN sanctions.
"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," the National Defence Commission said, without mentioning any time frame.
The announcement by the country's top military body came a day after the UN Security Council agreed to a US-backed resolution to censure and sanction North Korea for a rocket launch in December that breached UN rules.
Tuesday's resolution was adopted unanimously by the 15-nation council, including the North's sole major ally China.
The mention of the test, which would mark North Korea's third detonation of a nuclear device, came towards the end of a commission statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
The statement was titled, "Enter all-out confrontation to safeguard the sovereignty of the nation and people."