WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The White House says North Korea's plan to conduct a nuclear test is "needlessly provocative" and will only increase Pyongyang's isolation.
Spokesman Jay Carney says a test would be a significant violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
He told reporters Thursday "We judge North Korea by its actions, and provocations like these are significant violations, and we act accordingly."
North Korea also made clear for the first time Thursday that its long-range rockets are designed not only to launch satellites, but to carry warheads aimed at striking the U.S. Its announcement came two days after the Security Council condemned a December satellite launch.
The council further tightened sanctions to impede the North's weapons programs, and Carney said the U.S. would be taking additional steps but did not specify.
SEOUL, South Korea (WKOW) -- North Korea is warning that it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test and carry out more long-range rocket launches.
In a statement carried Thursday by state media, the National Defense Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a "full-fledged confrontation" against the U.S. for what it calls continued hostility.
The declaration follows the U.N. 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 U.S. and others say it was actually a test of long-range missile technology.
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