North Korea has upped the stakes with the U.S., with the North Korean National Defence Commission announcing on state television that it would not only continue rocket launches, but it would also continue nuclear testing, which would be aimed the U.S.
In a statement on state television North Korea’s National Defence Commission 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.”
The threat of violence comes after the U.S. backed a UN resolution to censure North Korea for a rocket launch in December. That resolution also placed further sanctions on the country.
While other North Korean rocket launches have failed, the December launch seemed to be successful and the North American Aerospace Defence Command said that the country appeared to have launched something into space at that time.
Reports from South Korean and U.S. monitoring agencies say that North Korea could, indeed, be in a position for more nuclear tests, says BBC News. The country has already conducted two nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009.