Global condemnation for North Korea nuclear test, sanctions threatened

When asked that North Korea conducting tests faster than the Security Council is issuing statements speaks to irrelevance of Council, he said "it speaks to difficulty getting traction on this issue, and it has been hard for 30 years".

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the test and urged the Security Council, "to unite and take urgent actions". Senior officials from Pyongyang were in both capitals this week.

Members of the United Nations Security Council will discuss the test at a closed-door meeting on Friday.

Speaking after the Communist state carried out its largest atomic test to date, Mr Johnson conceded that the current strategy to curb Kim Jong-un's regime did not appear to be working.

"This is a country whose leadership is obsessed with national defense - and not just national defense but independent national defense, not relying on allies as they were forced to during the Cold War", Pollack said.

"If confirmed as a nuclear test, this act constitutes yet another breach of the universally accepted norm against nuclear testing; a norm that has been respected by 183 countries since 1996", she said.

Kim Jong Un has not yet met with any other heads of state in his four years leading North Korea, in large part because of the global community's marginalization of Pyongyang because of its nuclear and missile programs. That would pose a threat to Japan and South Korea, which have already been outspoken in their concerns that North Korea could pose a physical threat to their countries.

According to some estimates, the blast from the nuclear warhead mounted to a ballistic missile was more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Obama said that the U.S. will never accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

South Korea's military put the force of the blast at 10 kilotonnes, which would still be the North's most powerful nuclear blast to date.

In related news, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today designated two independent human rights experts, Sonja Biserko and Sara Hossain, pursuant to a decision by the UN Human Rights Council to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK, Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana, his Office (OHCHR) said in a news release. Artificial seismic waves measuring 3.9 were reported after North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006; 4.8 was reported from its fourth test this January. That changed this year when North Korea began testing the Musudan with often disastrous results.

The longer ranges and mobile launchers give the North greater ability to threaten the tens of thousands of United States troops stationed throughout Asia.

North Korea is thought to have a handful of rudimentary nuclear bombs and has spent decades trying to ideal a multi-stage, long-range missile to eventually carry smaller versions of the bombs. In comparison, North Korea fired 16 ballistic missiles during the 17-year rule of Kim's father, Kim Jong Il.

"It's China's responsibility", he told a news conference during a visit to Norway. If anything, the pace of testing has accelerated since he became North Korea's leader.

North Korea's persistent pursuit of missiles and nuclear weapons has always been one of the most intractable foreign policy problems for US administrations.

North Korea likely wanted to show the world that strong worldwide sanctions following its fourth nuclear test and long-range rocket launch earlier this year haven't discouraged its efforts to advance its nuclear weapon and missile programs, according to Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University.

Diplomacy has so far failed.

China says that THAAD is a threat to its own security and will do nothing to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program.

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