Pyongyang: North Korea is planning to conduct a nuclear test in a response to tightened UN sanctions. Offering no timeframe for the planned test, North Korea said that the tests are aimed at its arch-rival, United States.
The news was made public by the National Defence Commission of North Korea.
The Commission's statement stated that North Korea should "enter all-out confrontation" to safeguard the sovereignty of the nation.
This will be North Korea's third nuclear test; the earlier two were conducted in the year 2006 and 2009.
The decision came a few days after UN imposed further sanction on North Korea in response to its rocket launch.
Refuting all charges levied by the 15-member strong Security Council, including North Korea’s close ally-China, North termed the resolution as illegal and outlawed.
Last month, a US satellite came across a photograph suggesting North Korea has repaired rain damage at its nuclear test site.
China has appealed for restraint and diplomatic means to avoid a dangerous escalation by the United States.