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KCNA (North Korea), REUTERS, RT NEWS

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PYONGYANG – North Korea raised its bellicose rhetoric to a new high Thursday, declaring that it now possesses enough fissile material to mount enriched plutonium on rocket heads, and is ready to test those nuclear missiles that would be "targeted" to reach the United States.

"We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States,” stated North Korea’s National Defense Commission, relayed from KCNA by Reuters.

China’s foreign ministry, ally of the dictatorial regime, called on North Korea to "remain calm" and not worsen regional tensions. Lee Seung-yeol, a senior research fellow at Ewha Institute of Unification Studies in Seoul, said that “North Korea will have felt betrayed by China for agreeing to the latest U.N. resolution and they might be targeting (China) as well.”

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Glyn Davies, top U.S. envoy for North Korea diplomacy urged Pyongyang not to carry out these tests, reports RT news.

For now, Pyongyang's missiles are not believed to be able to reach the US mainland and the last 2009 nuclear test made by this country was a two kilotons charge (compared to Hiroshima’s 13-18 kilotons) according to Reuters.

Analysts believe the next round of tests could begin on Feb 16, birthdate of North Korea'ss former ruler, Kim Jong-il.

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