BY | January 25, 2013

(NVOnews.Com) In its boldest ever challenge since taking office in Dec 2011 the new Kim Jong-un regime in North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch more long-range missiles and conduct its third nuclear test that would target the United States.

Pyongyang stepped up its threat just two days after the United Nations Security Council agreed to a US-backed resolution to censure and expand sanction on North Korea for a rocket launch in December that breached UN rules.

Only on Wednesday it issued a scathing statement rejecting a unanimous UN Security Council resolution adopted on Tuesday. Actually between Tuesday of the UN and Thursday of eastern hemisphere just over 24 hours passed as the two fall in different time zones.

The warning not only rattled governments in Northeast Asia but also jeopardized the peace in the eastern world as further south, its trusted ally, China is already flexing its muscle.

The announcement by the country’s top military body, the National Defense Commission, came through a statement issued on state-run media. The agency, headed by Kim Jong-un himself, said that “a variety of satellites and long-range rockets which will be launched by the DPRK one after another and a nuclear test of higher level which will be carried out by it” will be “targeted” at “the US, the sworn enemy of the Korean people.”

However, the statement did not clarify when it would conduct such a test, which would be the first since Kim came to power after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December 2011.

However, military sources from South Korea has been quoted in the media as saying that North Korea can conduct a nuclear test “as soon as its leadership makes up its mind.”

North Korea has now declared that it would shun any talk on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula until “the denuclearization of the world is realized.”

Thursday’s development confirmed that the younger Kim would follow the tough policy of his father.

Experts say that North Korea could detonate a uranium bomb this time to demonstrate its ability to produce weapons-grade uranium. The North’s two previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009, used some of its limited stockpile of plutonium.

Not only the United States and South Korea are alarmed even Japan, which is historically and geographically associated with Koreas, is concerned by the latest development. They all are now looking towards China.

According to Glyn Davies, the United States’ special envoy on North Korea, a nuclear test would be “a mistake and a missed opportunity” for Pyongyang.

“This is not a moment to increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” said Davies, who was visiting Seoul to coordinate the North Korea policies of President Obama’s second-term administration and the incoming government of President-elect Ms Park Geun-hye in South Korea. From Seoul, he would fly to Beijing and then to Tokyo to continue policy consultations with the new governments there.

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