The United States condemned as "needlessly provocative" on Thursday a threat from North Korea that it plans to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches.
This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 12, 2012 shows North Korean rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, lifting off from the launching pad in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. The United States condemned as "needlessly provocative" a threat from North Korea that it planed to carry out a third nuclear test.
"North Korea's statement is needlessly provocative," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, who said a nuclear test would be a significant violation of UN sanctions and would further isolate Pyongyang.
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