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(LEAD) UNSC to hold emergency session to discuss N. Korea's nuke test

All News 15:15 September 09, 2016

(ATTN: RECASTS headline; UPDATES throughout)

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency session to address North Korea's latest nuclear test, a government official said Friday.

The meeting of its 15 member countries, set for Friday evening (New York time), was arranged after South Korea, the United States and Japan asked the U.N. council to convene an urgent session to react to the nuclear test, the official said.

North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test earlier in the day on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the regime's founding.

Seoul, Washington and Tokyo immediately relayed their request for an emergency UNSC session.

The latest nuclear test is expected to result in a punitive UNSC resolution that is more stringent than Resolution 2270, which the U.N. panel adopted in reaction to the North's previous nuclear test in January and a long-range nuclear test the following month.

President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to mobilize "all means available," including a stronger UNSC sanctions resolution, to mount increased pressure on North Korea so the country will give up its nuclear programs. The two leaders discussed the matter during their telephone talks held right after the North's nuclear test.


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