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Following yesterday’s nuclear test by North Korea, Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire summoned the country’s Ambassador.
In a statement he said:
A third nuclear test by the North Koreans has brought predictable condemnation from the United Nations and the Americans - but now even their traditional allies, the Chinese, are angry.
Tougher sanctions against the secretive state are now on the table after it defied existing UN resolutions.
US President Barack Obama has spoken to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak about North Korea's nuclear test and agreed to work with the UN Security Council to address it.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has "strongly condemned" North Korea's nuclear test, branding it a "reckless act, which shows out right disregard for the repeated calls of the international community to refrain from further provocative measures."
He added: "The test is a clear and grave violation of the relevant resolutions of the security council."
She said North Korea had "increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction."
She added that Washington and its allies intended to "augment the sanctions regime" already in place due to Pyongyang's 2006 and 2009 atomic tests.
Following a meeting of the UN Security Council, Kim Sung-Hwan - Minister of Foreign Affairs for South Korea - said council members "strongly condemned" North Korea and its nuclear weapons test, adding the country was a "clear threat to international peace and security".
North Korea said its nuclear test was the "first response" to "US threats" and warned if hostilities carried on it would continue with "second and third measures of greater intensity."
The country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the test was a "self-defensive measure" that does not violate any international law.
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