North Korea says will conduct nuclear test
"By Jonathan Thatcher Tue Oct 3, 9:10 AM ET
SEOUL (Reuters) - An increasingly isolated North Koreasaid on Tuesday it would conduct its first-ever nuclear test, blaming a U.S. "threat of nuclear war and sanctions" for forcing its hand.
The statement by North Korea's foreign ministry, carried on the official KCNA news agency, was condemned by neighboring Japan as "unacceptable" and caused South Korea to increase its security alert.
Britain said it would view any nuclear test as a highly provocative act."