UN to take further measures against North Korea

January 7, 2016  

The UN Security Council on Wednesday agreed to prepare further measures against North Korea after it carried out a fourth nuclear test, AFP reports.

The 15-member council including China, Pyongyang’s ally, “strongly condemned” the test and described it as a “clear threat to international peace and security,” the news agency said.

Uruguay’s Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, this month’s council president, recalled that the council had threatened to take “further significant measures” if Pyongyang violated UN resolutions by testing an atomic device.

“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,” said Rosselli.

The envoy did not specify whether the new measure would extend sanctions against North Korea, but other diplomats confirmed that adding new names to the sanctions list was being considered.

Earlier on Wednesday, North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a new hydrogen bomb.

Pyongyang said in the statement that the test came in an effort to expand its relatively small nuclear arsenal and to protect the country from its enemies around the world, such as the United States.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the underground nuclear test “deeply troubling” and “profoundly destabilizing for regional security.”

He stressed that it was in violation of numerous Security Council resolutions barring Pyongyang from engaging in nuclear activities.

Three previous tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 triggered waves of UN sanctions, noted AFP.

But the United States expressed skepticism on Wednesday that North Korea had indeed tested a hydrogen bomb, saying that while the isolated country indeed carried out some sort of nuclear test, it was not likely a test of a hydrogen bomb.

The assessments are in line with earlier ones by experts, who also cast doubts about North Korea’s claims.

Although the blast generated in the underground test was large enough to trigger a mini earthquake, the experts said a hydrogen bomb – or “H-bomb” – would have generated one many times as great.

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