North Korea threatens nuclear, missile tests

North Korea has threatened to conduct nuclear and missile tests in anger over UN criticism of its rocket launch earlier this month. Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the country "will be compelled to take measures for self-defense, including nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests" unless the UN Security Council apologizes immediately. The Council adopted a statement earlier this month denouncing the North's April 5 rocket launch and calling for tightening sanctions. North Korea conducted its first-ever nuclear test in 2006.