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North Korea warns of 'further self-defense measures'

Anticipating the UN Security Council imposing some sanction over its nuclear test, North Korea has warned the global body of "further self-defense measures" in case a tough punitive measure was to be imposed on it.

Friday's warning coincided with reports that it launched a new short-range missile.

South Korea's state-owned news agency Yonhap said North Korea launched into the Sea of Japan its sixth short-range missile since Monday's nuclear test.

It quoted a defense ministry official as saying that the latest test-firing was a new type of a 160-kilometer-range land-to-air missile.

In a statement released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, the Foreign Ministry said: "If the UN Security Council attempts further provocations, our further self-defense measures will be inevitable in response."

It repeated Wednesday's war threat by saying that moves by the council to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test would be tantamount to annulling the truce that ended the Korean War in 1953.

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