The council “will begin to work immediately” to take “further significant measures” against North Korea, it said in a statement after an emergency meeting to discuss Pyongyang’s claim it tested a hydrogen bomb.
The UN vow comes as the White House on Wednesday cast doubt that North Korea had detonated a hydrogen bomb. The White House said that an initial analysis by U.S. officials was “not consistent with the North Korean claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test.”
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called North Korea’s claimed test “deeply troubling,” saying it violated “numerous Security Council resolutions” and is a “grave contravention” of nuclear testing norms.
Secretary of State John Kerry echoed those remarks, saying North Korea’s nuclear test put global peace at risk and “blatantly violates multiple U.S. Security Council resolutions.”
Kerry vowed the U.S. wouldn’t allow North Korea to be a nuclear-armed state and called on Pyongyang to “end these provocations” and start “living up to its international obligations and commitments.”
“We will continue to work closely with our partners on the U.N. Security Council and in the Six-Party Talks to take appropriate action,” Kerry said.
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