The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday (Sep 4) to discuss an international response to North Korea’s nuclear test, diplomats said.
The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting to be held at 10.00am, said the US mission in a statement.
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, condemned North Korea’s nuclear test as “profoundly destabilising” for regional security and again urged Pyongyang to halt such acts.
The UN condemnation came after North Korea announced a hydrogen bomb test.
“This act is yet another serious breach of the DPRK’s international obligations and undermines international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts,” Guterres said in a statement.
“This act is also profoundly destabilising for regional security. The DPRK is the only country that continues to break the norm against nuclear test explosions.”
Guterres called on Pyongyang to “cease such acts and to comply fully with its international obligations.”
Meanwhile, the US president said in a tweet that the time for “appeasement” was over.
“The national security team is monitoring this closely,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in announcing the urgent meeting on a US holiday weekend.
In a Twitter message, Trump denounced the unexpectedly powerful test, said to be the North’s first blast to exceed in magnitude the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, as “very hostile and dangerous to the United States.”