The U.S. calls it highly provocative. Another North Korean nuclear test condemned around the world, this one underground, measuring like a small earthquake.
FOX News Radio's Alastair Wanklyn reports from Tokyo:
Japan said the test undermines security, Russia urged North Korea to give up nuclear weapons, and even China accused its ally of heedlessly disregarding world opinion.
Nations want to know if North Korea detonated a new, uranium bomb the kind which could be fitted to a nuclear missile.
Meanwhile, North Korea today saying it could conduct one or two more measures of "greater intensity," if the U.S. remains hostile.
In Tokyo, Alastair Wanklyn, FOX News Radio.
The UN Security Council now discussing imposing new sanctions on North Korea with the UN Secretary General condemning the underground nuclear weapon test.
FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy reports:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Tuesday as deplorable. Meanwhile South Korea, this month's President of the UN Security Council called for an emergency meeting of the 15 nation Council to discuss the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang.
Agreeing to new sanctions could take weeks especially for the Council to secure China's approval.
Ban Ki Moon's spokesman issued a statement saying the Secretary General is gravely concerned about the negative impact of this deeply destabilizing act on regional stability as well as on the global efforts for nuclear non-proliferation.
Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.
NATO says North Korea's nuclear test poses a grave threat to international peace.
FOX News Radio's Simon Owen reports from London:
The NATO alliance calling North Korea's test provocative and irresponsible. And saying it's a flagrant violation of UN Security Council actions, which threatens world-wide security and stability.
Russia is calling on the North to abandon its nuclear arms program and for nuclear talks to re-start.
Here in London, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says UN sanctions on North Korea, which are already heavy, could now be tightened even further.
(Hague) "Now it is time to demonstrate that if North Korea continues in this way it will face increasing isolation."
In London, Simon Owen, FOX News Radio.
READ a statement from President Obama on the North Korean announcement of nuclear test:
"North Korea announced today that it conducted a third nuclear test. This is a highly provocative act that, following its December 12 ballistic missile launch, undermines regional stability, violates North Korea's obligations under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions, contravenes its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, and increases the risk of proliferation. North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to U.S. national security and to international peace and security. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region.
These provocations do not make North Korea more secure. Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, North Korea has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.
The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community. The United States will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action."
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