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North Korea: World Must ‘Wait and See’ on Next Nuclear Test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un arriving at the Samjiyong airport in Ryaggang province in North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un arriving at the Samjiyong airport in Ryaggang province in North Korea, April 1, 2014. KCNA/AFP/Getty Images

The Communist nation has conducted three nuclear tests in the past, and its recent threat came amid heightened tensions with South Korea. “The DPRK made it very clear, we will carry out a new form of nuclear test,” said a North Korean official

A North Korea official said at a UN news conference Friday that the world should “wait and see” what the government meant when it threatened earlier this week a “new form” of nuclear test.

“The DPRK made it very clear, we will carry out a new form of nuclear test,” Deputy UN Ambassador Ri Tong Il of North Korea (DPRK) said, according to Reuters. “But I recommend you to wait and see what it is.

The UN Security Council condemned North Korea March 27 for firing two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea a day earlier, calling it a breach of U.N. resolutions but drawing the ire of the North. On Sunday, the official Korean Central News Agency published a statement threatening a “new form” of nuclear test, following three past tests, without elaborating on what that would mean.

Tensions between North and South Korea have spiked amid joint annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States. On Monday, North Korea fired shells across a disputed maritime border, prompting return fire from South Korea.

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