PYONGYANG, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday threatened to carry out "a new form of nuclear test" in response to U.S. President Barack Obama's Asia tour.
"The DPRK will advance along the road of bolstering up nuclear deterrent, unhindered, now that the U.S. brings the dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over the DPRK," an unnamed spokesman of the DPRK's Foreign Ministry was quoted by the official KCNA news agency as saying in a statement.
"There is no statute of limitations to the DPRK's declaration that it will not rule out a new form of nuclear test clarified by it in the March 30 statement. This is the exercise of the inviolable right to self-defense," the statement said.
The statement blasted Obama's four-nation Asian tour, saying the trip was a dangerous one as "it was aimed to bring dark clouds of more acute confrontation and nuclear arms race to Asia."
"Facts clearly prove that his tour was designed for undisguised confrontation to retain a tighter grip on allies of the U.S. and encircle and contain its rivals in Eurasia, pursuant to the U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy for domination and scenario for aggression from A to Z," it said.
The statement said Obama's unwillingness to open talks with the DPRK is tantamount to a declaration before the world that "the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK remains unchanged, the U.S. tries to bring down the DPRK by force and it began to carry out such scenario."
"His reckless acts only escalated the danger of confrontation and conflict in the Asia-Pacific region and gave further momentum to the opposition to him," it warned.
Obama will have to pay for his "reckless acts" in the mid-term elections in November, it added.
"What remains to be done by the Obama group is to watch what kind of seeds of fire sown by him this time would develop into flames that may affect the U.S.," the statement warned.
On March 30, the DPRK vowed not to rule out the possibility of conducting a new form of nuclear test if the United States continues its hostile policy toward Pyongyang.
The DPRK conducted nuclear tests in October 2006, May 2009 and February 2013 respectively.
DPRK halts live-fire drill near inter-Korean border
SEOUL, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea halted its live-fire drill just 10 minutes after starting it Tuesday afternoon, in what appeared not to provoke the grief- stricken South Korea over a ferry sinking disaster.
A South Korean Defense Ministry official earlier told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the DPRK set off its live-fire drill at 2 p.m. local time near the disputed inter-Korean border islands. Full story