Korea in nuke test threat

Seoul, Jan. 24 (Reuters): North Korea said today it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the US, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its "sworn enemy".

The announcement by the country's top military body came a day after the UN Security Council agreed to a US-backed resolution to censure and sanction North Korea for a rocket launch in December that breached UN rules.

North Korea is not believed to have the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the continental US, although its December launch showed it had the capacity to deliver a rocket that could travel 10,000km, potentially putting San Francisco in range.

North Korea is believed by South Korea and other observers to be "technically ready" for a third nuclear test.

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