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U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea nuke test

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 7:18 a.m.
Updated: February 12, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan speaks at a news conference after the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on North Korea's nuclear test at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

— A united U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and pledged further action Tuesday, calling Pyongyang’s latest defiant act “a clear threat to international peace and security.”

A press statement approved by all 15 council members at an emergency meeting hours after the latest underground test called the atomic blast a “grave violation” of three U.N. resolutions banning the North from conducting nuclear or missile tests.

North Korea conducted nuclear weapons tests weeks after rocket launches in 2006 and 2009, and this third test followed a rocket launch in December.

The Security Council pointed out that in a resolution it approved unanimously last month, which strengthened sanctions in response to the December missile test, members promised to take “significant action” in the event of a new nuclear test.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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