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The United Nations says it "strongly condemns" North Korea's nuclear test. The United States is calling for an increase in sanctions against the communist state.

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N Korea test 'little bit' smaller than Nagasaki in WWII

A nuclear test has been carried out in North Korea, Foreign Secretary William Hague described it as a "violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions".

A map of North Korea, where the test was carried out Credit: Daybreak

Speaking on Daybreak, security expert Dr Sally Leivesley said it is likely the blast was "a little bit" smaller than the one which flattened Nagasaki, in World War II.

She added that this could mean the test used the same sized capacity of weapons, and the possible use of rockets for delivery.


UK will call for 'robust response' to nuclear test

UN Security Council Resolution 2087 committed the Security Council to take significant action in the event of a further launch or nuclear test by North Korea.

The UK will begin urgent consultations with Security Council partners calling for a robust response to this latest development.

North Korea has a choice to make: it can either engage constructively with the international community, cease developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and return to negotiations, or face increasing isolation and further action by the Security Council and the international community.

– Foreign Secretary William Hague

Newsreader announces details of N Korea nuclear test

A newsreader has announced details of an apparent nuclear test in one of the world's most secretive country's.

Last month North Korea announced plans for a nuclear test, and this morning scientists detected a quake measuring 4.9 during close to a known nuclear test site.

The test has been condemned by officials, with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon calling it a "clear and grave violation" of Security Council resolutions.

Daybreak's Jonathan Swain reports.


Hague 'strongly condemns' suspected nuclear test

It appears that North Korea carried out a nuclear test at 11.57KST today. I strongly condemn this development, which is a violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874 and 2087.

North Korea’s development of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities poses a threat to international and regional security.

ts repeated provocations only serve to increase regional tension, and hinder the prospects for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

– Foreign Secretary William Hague

Nuclear test would be 'threat to international peace'

Today our monitoring stations picked up evidence of an unusual seismic event in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The event shows explosion-like characteristics and its location is roughly congruent with the 2006 and 2009 DPRK nuclear tests.

For now, further data and analysis are necessary to establish what kind of event this is.

If confirmed as a nuclear test, this act would constitute a clear threat to international peace and security, and challenges efforts made to strengthen global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in particular by ending nuclear testing.

– Tibor Toth, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation
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