Washington: The United States condemned as "needlessly provocative" on Thursday a threat from North Korea that it plans to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches.
"North Korea's statement is needlessly provocative," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, who said a nuclear test would be a significant violation of UN sanctions and would further isolate Pyongyang.
The statement by North Korea's National Defence Commission did not say when the test would be held.
"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.


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