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U.N. Security Council holds emergency meeting on N. Korea

All Headlines 01:37 January 07, 2016

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss North Korea's claims of a successful H-bomb test and how to punish the communist regime for the violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The closed-door meeting came just about 12 hours after the North stunned the world with claims that it successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test and the country has "proudly joined the advanced ranks of nuclear weapons states possessed of even an H-bomb."

The latest test marked the North's fourth nuclear test following previous three in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

The swift meeting of the top global security body underlines the seriousness the international community views the issue.

The Security Council is expected to condemn the test before discussing ways to tighten sanctions on Pyongyang.

So far, the council has adopted six resolutions, six presidential statements and two press statements with regard to the North's nuclear and missile program. Of the six resolutions, four included sanctions on the isolated nation.

Widespread views are that the council is expected to adopt a new sanctions resolution that is much tougher than the previous ones.

Earlier, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the North's test as "deeply troubling," a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and "profoundly destabilizing for regional security."

"I condemn it unequivocally," Ban said in a statement. "I demand the DPRK cease any further nuclear activities and meet its obligations for verifiable denuclearization."

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