Jan 24 2013
North Korea is prepared to conduct a nuclear test and carry out more long-range rocket launches, the Pyongyang government has warned.
In a statement carried by state media, the National Defence Commission threatened to wage a "full-fledged confrontation" against the United States for what it calls continued hostility.
The declaration follows the UN Security Council's condemnation of North Korea on Tuesday and 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 claim it was actually a test of long-range missile technology.