Pyongyang has announced another nuclear test, its first since February 2013, in response to a series of UN human rights indictments of top North Korean officials. The BBC reports:
[North Korea’s] foreign ministry on Thursday accused the United States of orchestrating a recent UN resolution calling for the investigation. […]Its threat comes as new satellite images emerge indicating fresh activity at a North Korean nuclear facility.The [UN] resolution’s approval was a “grave political provocation” by the US and such “aggression..is leaving us unable to further refrain from staging a new nuclear test.” […] It added that its military deterrence “will be beefed up limitlessly” to guard against the US.
It’s no surprise that North Korea rolls out the nuclear test threats or starts lobbing shells towards South Korea’s coast every time it gets upset by a UN ruling or a Hollywood movie. It’s only got one card to play in order to get the world’s attention—military power—so Pyongyang uses it every time.