North Korea plans nuclear test

North Korea plans to undertake a third nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches. The country's top military body said the tests were aimed at its "enemy" the United States.

South Korea 'deeply regrets' threat of nuclear tests

South Korea's foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young has expressed regret at the North's threat of conducting a nuclear test, Yonhap news agency reports.

The government deeply regrets that North Korea made such a statement and we again strongly urge North Korea not to make any further provocations, including a nuclear test.

– Cho Tai-young, spokesman, South Korea's foreign ministry

US envoy warned against N.Korea tests minutes before announcement

A US special envoy warned against North Korea conducting further missile and nuclear tests just minutes before the Pyongyang's announcement, Yonhap news agency reports.

Glyn Davies, the US special envoy on North Korea policy, was speaking to reporters in South Korea's capital Seoul when he said:

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.

– Glyn Davies, US special envoy on North Korea policy

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Nuclear test declaration follows UN sanctions

North Korea's declaration they would undertake a nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches follows the United Nations Security Council's condemnation of the country on Tuesday.

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Launch of the Unha-3 rocket in North Korea in December. Credit: Reuters

The UN expanded sanctions against the regime for launching a rocket in December.

North Korea said the launch was a peaceful satellite mission, but the US and others said it was a test of long-range missile technology.

North Korea plans to carry out nuclear test

North Korea plans to undertake a third nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches which will be targeted at its "enemy" the United States, its Defence Commission was quoted as saying by the country's state news agency.

North Korea's top military body said:

We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States.

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