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North Korea’s latest provocation

Both the US and Japan on Wednesday were calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to devise sanctions if the provocation were proven true.

Elbio Rosselli Frieri, the head of the Security Council, said Council members had “previously expressed their determination to take further significant measures in the event of another DPRK (North Korea) nuclear test”.

Rycroft said the test is another example of Pyongyang’s “reckless challenge to global norms of behavior and the authority of the U.N. Security Council”.

North Korea claimed on Wednesday that it had successfully detonated a miniature hydrogen bomb, marking the country’s fourth known nuclear test.

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“Moreover, given North Korea’s actions, the United States and our allies must also take additional steps to combine effective sanctions with appropriate countermeasures”, Cardin added. If the claims are confirmed, it would mark a major upgrade in North Korea’s nuclear capability.

However, the toughness of the new sanctions will depend on China and their willingness to punish the North Korean regime.

Republican candidates running for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination have said Obama’s foreign policy is weak, criticizing an agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear program and the USA response to roiling crises in the Middle East, including the Syrian civil war.

The officials indicated that the timing of the North Korean blast was a surprise, noting there had been activity at the North Korean nuclear test site detected in December.

“If there’s no invasion on our sovereignty we will not use nuclear weapon”, the North Korean state news agency said. But many are saying that it is not consistent with readings that would normally be associated with a hydrogen bomb.

South Korea experienced a 5.1 magnitude “artificial” natural disaster around 9PM ET on Tuesday.

Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko told reporters that China said nothing in the meeting beyond its “standard” comments on North Korea’s nuclear situation.

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