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Kim Jong-un rocked the world yet again - nulcear test
« on: September 10, 2016, 03:43:23 PM »
World leaders condemn N. Korea's nulcear test


A man walks past a TV screen showing a news broadcast on North Korea's nuclear test at Gimhae International Airport in Busan, South Korea, on Friday. (Photo by Bloomberg)

Several countries, including the US, China, Russia and Japan, have condemned North Korea's fifth nuclear test.

Pyongyang said on Friday it has successfully conducted a test of a nuclear warhead on the day of the 68th anniversary of its national foundation.

The regime can now mount a warhead to a strategic ballistic missile, state media said, making its attacking range much greater.

Earlier, a seismic event with a magnitude of 5.3 was detected in an area near the country's key nuclear test site in its northeast at 9am Pyongyang time.

The UN Security Council will convene an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, possibly to issue a statement addressing North Korea's fifth nuclear test, diplomatic sources said.

The move by the powerful 15-member council came in response to requests for such a meeting from Japan, the United States and South Korea, the sources said.

The Security Council is likely to release a statement strongly condemning Pyongyang for detonating a nuclear device in defiance of past UN resolutions on the isolated country.

The council is also likely to encourage all UN member states to implement the sanctions imposed on North Korea in March while possibly contemplating further measures.

The council, which has adopted a resolution imposing additional sanctions every time Pyongyang conducts a nuclear test, is expected to do so this time, too.

In March, North Korea was subject to the harshest round of sanctions ever after it carried out its fourth underground nuclear test in January and launched a rocket using ballistic missile technology the following month.

The new sanctions expanded freight inspection to cover all cargo to and from North Korea, not just those ships suspected of transporting illicit goods, and tightens existing measures curbing the presence and operations of North Korean banks outside the country.

Even if the council decides to adopt a fresh sanctions resolution on North Korea this time, it is likely to complement the March resolution at best.

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