North Korea's ruling communist party has called for the staging of a "high-intensity" action and further long-range rocket launches, state media said Tuesday, ahead of an expected nuclear test.
A meeting of the workers party politburo "called for staging an all-out action of high intensity," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Tuesday, without specifically mentioning a nuclear test.
The politburo also "stressed the need to continue launching satellites ... and powerful long-range rockets", KCNA said.
The statement carried strong echoes of the initial announcement last month by the North's top military body, the National Defence Commission, that it would conduct a "high-level nuclear test" and further rocket launches.
Since then, the international community has issued repeated appeals and warnings to Pyongyang against testing, while analysing satellite images of the North's nuclear test site for any sings of an imminent detonation.
On Monday, South Korea's Yonhap News agency said no activity had been picked up at the test site for several days, suggesting manpower may have been withdrawn ahead of a test.
But some officials noted that the inactivity might just be linked to the Lunar New Year holiday which fell at the weekend.