US calls N. Korean nuclear test ‘threat to national security’
Pyongyang also said it would not bow to international pressure, including resolutions by the UN Security Council that ban North Korea from developing either nuclear or rocket technology.
"The US and their followers are sadly mistaken if they miscalculate the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] would respect the entirely unreasonable resolutions against it. The DPRK will never bow to any resolutions," Jon Yong Ryong, first secretary of North Korea's mission in Geneva, told the Conference on Disarmament.
The diplomat added that if its southern neighbor wants peace in the Korean Peninsula, it should urge Washington “to terminate its hostile policy towards” North Korea.
Just days before the third nuclear test was carried out, the South Korean military said it may launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea to prevent it. The US also said that such action was an option.North Korea’s military, while strong in numbers, is considered by military experts to be too old and undersupplied to pose a significant threat to technically advanced nations. Those include America’s allies South Korea and Japan, both of which host US troops in addition to buying modern hardware from Washington.Still, a surprise attack by the DPRK could result in massive civilian casualties in Seoul, which is located within range of North Korean artillery.Pyongyang is unlikely to have the means to attack the mainland US, although it theoretically over the years could turn its nuclear device design into a missile warhead capable of atmospheric re-entry, and upgrade its long-range missiles to be able to reach US territory.North Korea regularly voices threats against the US and its allies as part of what is seen as its traditional rhetoric.