UN to hold emergency meeting after N Korea claims hydrogen bomb test

WASHINGTON (dpa)- The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting to discuss North Korea's most recent nuclear test, which Pyongyang claimed involved a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The meeting set for 10 am (1400 GMT) on Monday in New York was called by the US, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea.

Pyongyang said on Sunday it had tested a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. The country's sixth nuclear test since 2006 was its most powerful to date, estimated approximately eight times more powerful than the nuclear bomb used over the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945.
South Korean President Moon Jae In and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in a phone call on Monday to push for further UN Security Council sanctions, the presidency in Seoul said.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his US colleague Rex Tillerson also showed support for a new UN resolution during a phone call, Japanese media reported.
The conflict revolving around North Korea has been heating up for months with tensions between Pyongyang and Washington reaching a new high last month as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to fire missiles into waters near Guam and US President Donald Trump threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea.
Last week, North Korea fired its first ballistic missile to fly over a Japanese island since 2009. It fell into the sea over 1,000 kilometres east of the island of Hokkaido.

Monday, September 4th 2017

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