North Korea Threatens 'New Form' of Nuke Test
And accuses the UN of hypocrisy over ballistic-missile testing
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2014 2:42 PM CDT
In this image taken from video made available on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers an annual New Year's Day message in Pyongyang, North Korea.    (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

(Newser) – Having tried out mid-range ballistic missiles in recent weeks, North Korea said today it may conduct a "new form" of nuclear test, the New York Times reports. Pyongyang officials didn't clarify, but the US and its allies have long thought North Korea wants to build small, sophisticated nuclear devices that can ride piggyback on its new missiles. A spokesman for South Korea's foreign ministry said North Korea "will have to pay a price" if it ignores international concerns and carries out the test.

For its part, North Korea accused the UN of "turning a blind eye" to "US madcap nuclear war exercises" while denouncing North Korea's, Reuters reports. North Korea also said it wants the ability to hit medium- and long-range targets "with a variety of striking power." Tensions between North and South Korea eased last month, when elderly people separated by the Korean War were allowed short reunions, but the North has since returned to harsh rhetoric—and a paper by a nuclear expert cited the "disquieting possibility" that North Korea is building a network of tunnels to carry out regular nuclear tests with highly enriched uranium.

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Mar 31, 2014 4:13 PM CDT
Last year, I think it was, the NPRK was being belligerent and everyone was all freaked out, and I started reading some about these "exercises" the United States holds with the South yearly. It turned out that basically what they're practicing is a nuclear strike against the NPRK that can be carried out in case of radical "regime change" or the like. So I got to thinking: Here you are, "technically" still at war with the population in the contiguous nation to your south, paranoid and maintaining a sort of "cult of leadership" and every year, those guys to your south practice NUKING you in partnership with the biggest, baddest most USED military in the world, owned by the some of the people you're ... kinda ... still "at war with" anyway, who happen to be the ONLY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD who ever REALLY BOMBED anyone with a nuke. Would you be a li'l ... twitchy? 'specially if you wuz about half (or a little better) nuts anyway ...
Edward L
Mar 31, 2014 2:19 PM CDT
How come conservatives always think war is the answer? Kim Jong-Un is offering a peace branch here, and instead of accepting it, all Republicans can do is to lie to us and claim that he's somehow threatening to start a nuclear war.
Mar 31, 2014 11:40 AM CDT
Headline should read 'North Korea Tries Out New Form of Penis Extension' (?)