N. Korea hints at nuclear test after UN sanctions

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 23 2013 07:57 AM | Updated as of Jan 23 2013 05:29 PM

SEOUL - North Korea reacted defiantly Wednesday to a new round of UN sanctions, hinting that it would carry out a nuclear test and ruling out any talks on denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

"We will take physical actions aimed at expanding and strengthening our self-defensive military forces, including nuclear deterrence," the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

The statement came hours after the UN Security Council unanimously ordered new sanctions against North Korea for a banned rocket launch last month and threatened "significant action" if it stages a nuclear test.

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