Advertisement UNSC plans to meet on North Korea's most powerful nuclear test

by Garry Watts September 11, 2016, 1:04

North Korea on Friday said it "successfully" conducted a nuclear test, its fifth and the "most powerful" so far, evoking strong condemnation from the global powers including US, China and Russian Federation.

Ms Clinton did not respond to Mr Trump's claims, choosing instead to "strongly condemn" North Korea's actions.

"We need more and stronger sanctions and pressure (against North Korea) to create an environment where they are left with little option but to change themselves", he said, vowing to impose a comprehensive set of sanctions led by the U.N. Security Council.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 - and the impoverished country has continued to speed up the development of its nuclear and missile programmes even though fresh sanctions were enforced in March after months of negotiations, mainly between the USA and China.

"The United States condemns North Korea's September 9 nuclear test in the strongest possible terms as a grave threat to regional security and to global peace and stability", Obama said in a statement.

"North Korea is seeking to flawless its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strike", U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told reporters ahead of the council meeting.

Kim could not be more mistaken.

After a closed-door meeting on the matter, the United Nations Security Council on Friday issued a press statement, saying "a clear threat to worldwide peace and security continues to exist" with the DPRK's latest test. "It is too early to bury the six-party talks".

"To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state", he said.

Pyongyang's state media said on Friday the nuclear test had realized the country's goal of being able to fit a miniaturized warhead on a rocket.

Obama Vows to Work to Tighten Sanctions on North Korea
North Korea's actions goes against the UN Security Council Resolutions that ban all ballistic-related activities in Japan. North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes threatens the U.S. and its allies Japan and the Republic of Korea.

"We will take additional significant steps, including new sanctions to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and unsafe actions", she added.

Ban said he has been spending a lot of time and energy on the reunification of Cyprus, the only other divided country besides the Korean peninsula. "North Korea is seeking to flawless its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strikes". It said it would lodge a protest with the North Korean embassy in Beijing. "On the contrary, it is poison that is slowly suffocating the country".

"This is. yet another shocking disturbance of peace in the region and a real threat to peace in the region".

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula is one of the most serious issues facing the world because the impact of North Korea's use of nuclear weapons would be far greater than the casualties in Syria and other conflicts. "It's China's responsibility", he told a news conference during a visit to Norway.

Now, he said, "we are coming to nearly this confrontational situation".

South Korean newspapers sounded the alarm on Saturday over what one termed the "nuclear maniac" Kim Jong-un, saying the North Korean leader's fifth and biggest nuclear test is a game-changer demanding a tougher response.

Pyongyang/Seoul-North Korea has conducted a "successful" fifth nuclear test, state-run TV said Friday, in an explosion described by the South as Pyongyang's largest-ever such blast.

"Sanctions have already been imposed on nearly everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse", said Tadashi Kimiya, a University of Tokyo professor specialising in Korean issues.

Clinton also said the United States should strengthen defense cooperation with regional allies South Korea and Japan, a posture that contrasts with past statements from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. But North Korea has shrugged off all sanctions to date, and can be expected to continue.

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