Despite UN resolution on test-firing a missile and tightened existing sanctions on the regime, North Korea's National Defence Commission said the new nuclear test would be part of its action against the "enemy of the Korean people".
“We do not hide 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 in the upcoming all-out action, a new phase of the anti-US struggle that has lasted century after century, will target against the US, the sworn enemy of the Korean people,” the commission said as reported by Telegraph.
North Korean state media said that the resolutions are products of its blind pursuance of the hostile policy of the US, describing the UN Security Council as a marionette of the US.
“The UNSC should apologise for its crime of seriously encroaching upon the independence of a sovereign state and repeal all the unreasonable resolutions at once,” KCNA reported. No further talks on removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula are now possible, a nuclear test of a higher level would be carried out.
CNN quoted Daniel Pinkston, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group covering Northeast Asia, saying that the angry statement of North Korea should have been the expected outcome from the U.N. decision. "I think they are completely outraged and insulted by it. The threats toward the United States, a constant theme in the North's propaganda, have more to do with deterrence than a desire for full conflict", he said.
Pinkston doesn't believe North Korea have the capability, the intention or the will to invade or destroy the United States, they just wish to deter interference from the U.S. or any outside powers.
North Korea's rocket launched earlier this month had the capability to travel more than 6,000 miles, meaning this type of rocket could strike the United States, South Korean defense officials said. The evidence they found helps show their nuclear-equipped rival's intent and progress in developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.
U.S. envoy on North Korea Glyn Davies urged Pyongyang not to explode an atomic device. "Whether North Korea tests or not, it's up to North Korea. We hope they don't do it. We call on them not to do it. It will be a mistake and a missed opportunity if they were to do it", he said as reported by Huffington Post.
The Huffington's report also quoted White House spokesman Jay Carney on Thursday saying that North Korea's aggressive stance is unnecessary and warned against any further testing. "North Korea's statement is needlessly provocative and a test would be a significant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. Further provocation would only increase Pyongyang's isolation, and its continued focus on its nuclear and missile program is doing nothing to help the North Korean people", he said.