N.Korea Hits Back Over Int'l Condemnation

North Korea on Monday threatened to do "more than nuclear tests" in protest against "conjectures" from the rest of the world that it is planning to test another nuclear bomb.

"The world is making all the guesses and conjectures that our new nuclear test and the rocket launch will develop into a boosted fission weapon or a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles," the North's National Defense Commission said in a statement.

"If you ask us to tell the truth, we will not deny that we are capable of doing more than these speculations. We do not own our nuclear weapons at the discretion or with permission of anyone, and they will not disappear only because the U.S. does not acknowledge them or tells us to give them up."

Responding to a statement from President Park Geun-hye and her U.S. counterpart Barack Obama last Friday that the two countries are cooperating to hold the North Korean regime responsible for gross human rights violations, the North Korean commission said, "The U.S. and their followers need to know that we are not the countries of the Balkans that crumbled under the pressure in the name of human rights."

The commission reverted to personal attacks on President Park Geun-hye, calling her a "nagging woman" and a "prostitute."  

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 29, 2014 12:51 KST