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Nat'l Assembly to hold emergency meeting following possible N. Korea nuke test

All News 11:32 September 09, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's National Assembly said Friday it will convene an emergency meeting of lawmakers amid the rising speculations that North Korea conducted another nuclear test, despite strong warnings by the international community.

"As far as we know, there is a high possibility that North Korea conducted a nuclear test. We decided to hold the meeting to get updates of the current situation," an official from the parliament's National Defense Committee said.

He said ranking defense officials have been summoned to provide updated information.

The official added that North Korea's fifth nuclear test "seems all but confirmed."

South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party also said it strongly condemns North Korea on the latest provocation.

"It would be a crucial violation of the U.N. Security Council resolution if it turns out to be an actual nuclear test," Rep. Yeom Dong-yeol said, adding the party strongly condemns actions that damage peace in Northeast Asia.

Saenuri also vowed to hold its own emergency meeting to discuss the potential outcome of the latest development.

A magnitude 5 earthquake was detected near North Korea's nuclear site in the country's northeastern region earlier in the day. The South Korean government currently also said it seems highly likely that it was a nuclear detonation.

The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, which has generally taken a more conciliatory stance on dealing with North Korea's provocation, said it too will hold a emergency meeting to discuss the matter.


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