UPDATE1: U.N. Security Council to hold emergency talks Fri. on N. Korea

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15:17 9 September 2016

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, Kyodo

The U.N. Security Council is arranging to convene an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, possibly to issue a statement addressing North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, diplomatic sources said.

The move by the powerful 15-member council came in response to requests for such a meeting from Japan, the United States and South Korea, the sources said.

The Security Council is likely to release a statement strongly condemning Pyongyang for detonating a nuclear device in defiance of past U.N. resolutions on the isolated country.

The council is also likely to encourage all U.N. member states to implement the sanctions imposed on North Korea in March while possibly contemplating further measures.

North Korea said Friday it has successfully conducted a test of a nuclear warhead on the day of the 68th anniversary of its national foundation.

Earlier, a seismic event with a magnitude of 5.3 was detected in an area near the country’s key nuclear test site in its northeast at 9 a.m. Pyongyang time.

Past U.N. Security Council resolutions forbid North Korea from carrying out nuclear tests or using ballistic missile technology.

The council, which has adopted a resolution imposing additional sanctions every time Pyongyang conducts a nuclear test, is expected to do so this time, too.

In March, North Korea was subject to the harshest round of sanctions ever after it carried out its fourth underground nuclear test in January and launched a rocket using ballistic missile technology the following month.

The new sanctions expanded freight inspection to cover all cargo to and from North Korea, not just those ships suspected of transporting illicit goods, and tightens existing measures curbing the presence and operations of North Korean banks outside the country.

Even if the council decides to adopt a fresh sanctions resolution on North Korea this time, it is likely to complement the March resolution at best.


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