Nuclear test sanction threat

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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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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Japan to hold national security meeting

Japan's government will hold a national security council meeting following reports of seismic activity in North Korea that may indicate that Pyongyang has conducted a third nuclear test, public broadcaster NHK said.

North Korea, which is banned under United Nations Security Council resolutions from developing nuclear and missile technology, has not yet issued a statement.

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