Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has vowed to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures" and ordered his top military and party officials of what to do to retaliate against American-led United Nations sanctions on the country, the North's official media reported on Sunday.
North Korea did not clarify what those measures might be, but it referred to a series of earlier statements in which Mr. Kim's government has threatened to launch more long-range rockets and conduct a third nuclear test to build an ability to "target" the United States.
Mr. Kim threw his weight behind his government's escalating standoff with Washington when he called a meeting of top security and foreign affairs officials and gave an instruction in his name. He inherited the supreme party and military leadership from his father, Kim Jong-il, who died in December 2011.
By calling such a meeting and having it reported in state news media, Mr. Kim seemed to assert his leadership in what his country called an "all-out action" against the United States, as opposed to his father, who tended to remain reclusive during similar confrontations.
"At the consultative meeting, Kim Jong-un expressed the firm resolution to take substantial and high-profile important state measures in view of the prevailing situation," said the North's Korean Central News Agency, or K.C.N.A. "He advanced specific tasks to the officials concerned."
The K.C.N.A. dispatch, which was distributed on Sunday, was dated Saturday, indicating that the meeting in Pyongyang took place then. That was the same day on which the North's main party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said that the United Nations Security Council's resolution last Tuesday calling for tightening sanctions against the North left it with "no other option" but a nuclear test.
"A nuclear test is what the people demand," it said in a commentary.
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SOURCE: NY Times