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UN Secretary General, UNSC condemn DPRK nuclear test

People's Daily Online

(CNTV) 19:55, January 07, 2016

Wednesday's nuclear test by the DPRK has jolted the international community. The UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council have strongly condemned it.

The Security Council has held an emergency meeting to work immediately on sanction measures. At UN headquarters in New York, UN Chief Ban Ki-moon slammed the move and called on the DPRK to immediately stop its nuclear activities.

"This test once again violates numerous Security Council resolutions. It is also a grave contravention of the international norm against nuclear testing. This act is profoundly destabilizing regional security and seriously undermining international non-proliferation efforts. I condemn it unequivocally. I demand the DPRK cease any further nuclear activities and meet its obligations for verifiable denuclearization," he said.

The Security Council also condemned Pyongyang's latest provocation that it says violates four council resolutions. It is considering tougher sanctions with a new resolution.

The members of the Security Council also recalled that they have previously expressed their determination to take further significant measures. And in line with this commitment and the gravity of this violation, the members of the Security Council will begin to work immediately on such measures in a new Security Council resolution.

The UN's nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency called the DPRK's move "deeply regrettable," if confirmed, but the UN's own experts have not yet been able to determine this was indeed a hydrogen bomb test.

But the possibility alone was enough to propel action from the UN, the strongest of which could come from the Security Council if it significantly expands existing punitive measures against the DPRK. Pyongyang has been under UN Security Council sanctions since 2006, when it conducted its first nuclear test.

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