North Korea nuclear test prompts UN Security Council emergency meeting

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting in response to North Korea nuclear test

The test provoked international condemnation

Monday, September 4, 2017

The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting to response to North Korea’s most powerful nuclear test yet.

The regime in Pyongyang has drawn international condemnation, after pictures were published of the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, examining what appeared to be a nuclear warhead being placed onto the nose of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The meeting to take place later on Monday came at the request of the US, UK, Japan, France and South Korea.

In response to the test, the Trump administration warned of a “massive military response” if the US or its allies were threatened.

Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson cautioned against this, while Prime Minister Theresa May called for world leaders to up the pressure on North Korea.

The test on Monday at 12:29 local time triggered an artificial earthquake – placed between magnitudes of 5.7 to 6.3 in conflicting reports - which is reported to have shook several buildings in Russia and China.

It was carried out at the site of Punggye-ri, where all previous tests have taken place. 

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