North Korea: Next Nuke Test Will Target US
Country 'technically ready' for test: South Korea
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2013 6:25 AM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2013 7:53 AM CST
In this Dec. 21, 2012 file image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File)

(Newser) – After threatening new nuclear tests amid heightened sanctions yesterday, North Korea is getting more specific: Those tests will target the US, its "sworn enemy," the country says. "We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States," military leaders said. South Korea says the North is "technically ready" for new nuclear tests, Reuters reports.

Pyongyang ally China has responded to the latest threats, asking North Korea to "remain calm and act and speak in a cautious and prudent way and not take any steps which may further worsen the situation." But "after all these years and numerous rounds of six-party talks, we can see that China's influence over North Korea is actually very limited," says an expert in Shanghai. Pyongyang didn't make clear when such a test could occur, notes the New York Times, but a South Korean army colonel says the North "can conduct a nuclear test as soon as its leadership makes up its mind." One date to keep an eye on: Feb. 16, the late Kim Jong Il's birthday.

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Jan 25, 2013 8:56 PM CST
oooh! Propaganda machine is in full swing! Kinda reminds me of nuke drills and war mongering capitalists.
Jan 25, 2013 11:51 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: What's up to the North Korea's "Prince Regent" for Kim Jong-un ? If American Republican CIA and South Korea decide to back the exiled Kim Jong-nam, in this case, the black ghost's broken winecup won't fill Korean Soju at all !!
Jan 25, 2013 2:37 AM CST
This little piggy went to market, This little piggy stayed home, This little piggy is trying to nuke the U.S.A. and will hope that it doesn't explode before it launches.