North Korea conducts nuclear test: UN Security Council to hold emergency meet today to discuss international response

The UNSC will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, diplomats said on Sunday

AFP September 04, 2017 07:05:34 IST
North Korea conducts nuclear test: UN Security Council to hold emergency meet today to discuss international response

United Nations: The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, diplomats said on Sunday.

The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting, to be held at 10 am local time (2 pm GMT), the United Nations mission said in a statement.

North Korea conducts nuclear test UN Security Council to hold emergency meet today to discuss international response

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The council will meet in an open session, in contrast to many other meetings on North Korea that have been held behind closed doors.

North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, calling the test "a perfect success".

The underground blast was North Korea's sixth nuclear test, in defiance of United Nations resolutions that prohibit Pyongyang from pursuing nuclear and missile programs.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier condemned the nuclear test as "profoundly destabilising" for regional security and again urged Pyongyang to halt such acts.

"This act is yet another serious breach of the DPRK's international obligations and undermines international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts," Guterres said in a statement, referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"This act is also profoundly destabilising for regional security. The DPRK is the only country that continues to break the norm against nuclear test explosions."

Guterres called on Pyongyang to "cease such acts and to comply fully with its international obligations."

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