Following a UN Security Council meeting this week in which sanctions were tightened. the reclusive state hurled fresh invective at its US-led foes in a statement from its National Defense Commission, without specifying when the atomic test might be carried out.
But it said the test – which would follow detonations in 2006 and 2009 that were hotly condemned around the world – would be part of an "upcoming all-out action" that would mark a "new phase" of the country's anti-US struggle.
"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 commission said.
"Settling accounts with the US needs to be done with force, not with words," it added in the statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
|He only smiles like this when he's either testing nukes or eating|