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North Korea Rejects UN Security Council Criticism

South Korean army soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, March 27, 2014.
North Korea has threatened to conduct what it called "a new form of nuclear test," after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launches.

A statement Sunday from the North's Foreign Ministry said it was intolerable that the Security Council would "turn a blind eye" to U.S. nuclear war exercises while denouncing the North Korean army's self-defensive rocket launch exercises.

After North Korea fired two medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula Wednesday, the Security Council condemned the launches the next day, saying they violated U.N. resolutions.

Pyongyang has conducted a series of rocket and short-range missile launches in recent weeks in reaction to military exercises being conducted between the U.S. and South Korea.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.