North Korean leader vows to take strong action in apparent reference to nuclear test
In this Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 file image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives his first speech for the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea, calling for his country to focus on economic improvements with the same urgency that scientists put into the launch of a long-range rocket last month. (AP Photo / KRT via AP Video, File)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, January 26, 2013 9:58PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:24PM EST
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's state news agency says leader Kim Jong Un has vowed at a meeting of top security and foreign officials to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures."
Analysts say the pledge is a sign that North Korea plans to conduct a nuclear test on Kim's orders.
North Korea's powerful National Defence Commission declared last week that the country would carry out a nuclear test and launch more rockets in defiance of the U.N. Security Council. The U.N. punished North Korea for a long-range rocket test in December with more sanctions, calling it a violation of a ban on nuclear and missile activity.
The official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday that Kim convened top security officials and diplomats in Pyongyang to pledge to take action.