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UN Meets After North Korea Nuclear Test
The UN Security Council has opened emergency talks on North Korea's nuclear test, as world powers made calls for swift action against Pyongyang.
The 15-nation council passed a resolution last month threatening "significant action" against North Korea in the event of a new nuclear test or missile launch.
The meeting comes after North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it carried out a third nuclear test. Monitoring agencies had earlier reported an "unusual seismic event".
"A third nuclear test has been successfully staged," the North's state-run Korean Central News agency said.
"The nuclear test was conducted as part of measures to protect our national security and sovereignty against the reckless hostility of the United States that violated our republic's right for a peaceful satellite launch."
At just before midday local time, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 was detected just north of a site where Pyongyang conducted earlier nuclear tests.
The two previous tests, in 2006 and 2009, prompted quakes of 3.6 and 4.5 respectively.
The South Korean defence ministry, which raised its military alert level after the quake, said the blast had an explosive yield of between six and seven kilotons (kt) and was of "enormous destructive power".
In comparison, the nuclear weapons detonated above Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 carried estimated yields of 15kt and 22kt respectively.
Prior to the Security Council meeting a spokesperson for the UN boss Ban Ki-moon said: "The Secretary-General condemns the underground nuclear weapon test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea today.
"It is a clear and grave violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions."
Tibor Toth, the executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), said the event's location was "roughly congruent with" nuclear tests carried out by North Korea in 2006 and 2009.
"This act would constitute a clear threat to international peace and security, and challenge efforts made to strengthen global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in particular by ending nuclear testing," he added.
China expressed its "firm opposition" to North Korea's nuclear test, saying its wayward ally had gone ahead with the blast "despite widespread opposition from the international community".
"We strongly urge the DPRK to honour its commitment to denuclearisation, and not to take any actions which might worsen the situation," the foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
US President Barack Obama said the test posed a threat to international peace and security.
On Tuesday morning the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "The UK will begin urgent consultations with Security Council partners calling for a robust response to this latest development."
Mr Obama said the US will "continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies" and it will work with other nations "to pursue firm action".
He added that North Korea's action "warrants further swift and credible action by the international community".
Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "North Korea's development of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities poses a threat to international and regional security.
"Its repeated provocations only serve to increase regional tension, and hinder the prospects for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula."
The Russian foreign ministry said: "By implementing a new nuclear test, Pyongyang once again ignored the rules of international law and has shown disregard UN Security Council resolutions.
"There is an urgent need to create an effective system of regional peace, which would be based on the principle of undiminished security for all participants in accordance with multilateral commitments on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula."
Japan said the test was a "grave threat" that "cannot be tolerated".
After the blast took place a North Korean newsreader urged the Korean People's Army (KPA) to prepare for combat against its foes.
She stressed that if an order was given "the KPA should blow up the stronghold of aggression at a strike".
"And wipe out the brigandish US imperialists and South Korea puppet army to the last man and thus accomplish the historic cause of national reunification."
what do you think?
Wonder how long it will be when we go to war with north korea when will the goverment come to their sences and realize that talking wont work and the only thing that will work is if we kick there butts
With so many cuts to our army, we would find it tough against san marino's army.
Tried that before... Read history books. It didn't work. History is written by the victor and rules are made by the stronger.
Obviously North Korea has no oil, Iran, Iraq etc had no nuclear weapons but the US went in, North Korea has and aren't shy about it yet no international force going in? ODD.
The North Koreans obviously have no intentions of listening to anybody and continue with this obsessive behaviour, continuing to threaten world peace. Maybe a pre-emptive, massive strike is the only answer.
World peace lol. Please tell me who the peaceful ones are
World peace??! Ali- this is a typical fellow brit- he is a true representation of how stupid people are. World peace ha ha! We have a long way to go as a race while man kind are still spawning people of his ilk.
Obsessed behaviour? Coming from a nation of narcasicts i don't think we have the moral high ground on that one...
International law? Ha ha.. I can't believe the sheep fall for that one. International law is to serve one purpose- totalitarian elitist domination. International law my eye! You people need to stop reading the tabloids and get educated
'The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers' ~ Thomas Jefferson
Tell us Jedi , king of the conspiracy theory . How would you solve this problem ?
I would ban western invasions and slaughter of innocent women and babies for a start, its the best nuclear deterrent i can think of. What would you do? Just let other people think for you i suppose?
And there is no problem friend. You are just manipulated to believe there is on so you hide away kind a recluse fearing for your life. You want a controllable population? Keep them living in fear. Thought you might've woken up to that via the last decade of imaginary uk Islamic terrorists?
I only asked what you would do . I like the way just from question you seem to think you know my mind and what I think . What am I living in fear from ? Apparently you need to tell me because I'm incapable of thinking for myself . The North is now (supposedly) nuclear capable , and its no secret that the North and South are hostile towards each other . What do we do about it ? The yanks could back away from the South because it understandably winds the North up . But what then ?
I know the leaders of North Korea are paranoid about the rest of the world but in all honesty, what right does anyone have to say to them..'you CANNOT' have nuclear weapons?? Many of the big countries have them don't they? Perhaps if we left them alone then relations with them might improve? The biggest threat to the West's way of life is Islamists, much more worrying!!
Totally agree Martin, and these Islamists are living among us, and we have no idea what they are up to and before anyone pipes up I am not saying that all Islamists are the same but
The biggest threat to the west is the west. Our governments are criminal.
Man some people on here are so ignorant!!! With the amount of Muslims living in this country, why do you think there are not bombs going of everywhere. Simple reason. Might be a bit hard to believe for many people on here, but the vast majority of Muslims are absolutely fine. Sadly the minority always seem to get the headlines!!!
Well said PS, Muslims are the new Irish, convenient hate figures for the government and the media. Direct the anger of the ovine masses away from the real villains, politicians and their rich chums, they grow richer while the majority of the population see their standard of living worsen.
After the blast took place a North Korean newsreader urged the Korean People's Army (KPA) to prepare for combat against its foes. She stressed that If an order was given "the KPA should blow up the stronghold of aggression at a strike". "And wipe out the brigandish US imperialists and South Korea puppet army to the last man and thus accomplish the historic cause of national reunification." Because if the country and its leaders think the same as this newsreader, the weapons are not for self defence or a deterrent . Can other country's , especially South Korea trust the North not to use a nuclear weapon against them ?
The original poster has become rather warped by the media it seems. What's the difference between an Islamist and an Islamic Martin and Heather?
Well done NK. One of the few countries that doesn't give the usa the monopoly of planet earth. And one thing is for sure- now they are nuclear they are safe from America.
Our esteemed windbag William Hague has condemned them, marvel as the North Koreans flee in terror from his hot air.
Bye Bye Seoul.
Didn't our neighbour across the pond carry out a nuclear test last december without a murmur being uttered by the mighty Hague?
Let's be honest. Say North Korea do launch a nuclear missile at the USA. Less than a day later, North Korea will no longer exist
All depends what Russia do.
I wonder who sold the North Koreans the technology to do this???
Uh.. They have amazing scientists. What do you imagine North Korea as an uneducated dust bowl ?
The useless talking shop that is the UN plus diplomatic notes from all and sundry are a waste of time. The only people the North Koreans take any notice of is China. They alone have the ability to close the place down within days by halting the supplies of almost everything with which they prop up the regime
Jimmy, you should look at yourself before insulting others. Sure, there are conflicts going on all around the world but 1) There is not a threat of nuclear action 2) they are localised conflicts which haven't dragged in full military mobilisation of numerous countries such as with the Gulf war or WW2. When you come to understand more you can get involved in debates without the need to resort to insults in a vain attempt to argue a point.
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Dprk as one of the worlds largest armys
And I'm sure you're just dying to tell us all about their guns, how many bullets they carry and what calibre. Careful though, it's easy to misspell things when you're only typing with one hand.
this is all the work of the chinese who are have a secret agenda
Easy get b.a.l.l.s Tell China. Sorry.NOT MADE IN CHINA IN U.N END OF.
EASY "NOT MADE IN CHINA / NOW MADE IN THE U.N. WE HAVE THE CHOICES DON'T WE?
Called "the balance of power" been around for ages helping to keep some semblance of peace. That was until the USA pushed for "Full Spectrum Domination" and doesnt like it when free sovereign countries stand up to the plate and challenge US New World Order Imperialism. UK have already sold its soul to the US.
Something tells me this post won't be popular amongst the orange sheep