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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Korea’s sixth nuclear test carried out early Sunday is drawing condemnation from around the world.
The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting about North Korea Monday morning. This meeting is the second in less than a week to discuss provocations from the rogue nation.
“It is with a deep sense of disappointment, frustration and even anger that I address this council today,” said Korean Ambassador to the UN Cho Tae-yul.
Over the weekend, North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear device yet, what it claims was a hydrogen bomb.
The blast at North Korea’s main nuclear test site created a manmade earthquake felt in China and Russia. Scientists believe it was potentially 10 times more powerful than North Korea’s last nuclear test and at least five times the explosive power of the bombs the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said there is no longer time for anything but the strongest sanctions.
“The time for half measures in the Security Council is over. The time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means, before it’s too late,” said Haley.
The United States is circulating a resolution for a vote by next Monday – but could face opposition from Russia and China.
President Donald Trump has floated a threat to stop trade with countries that do business with North Korea, which include China. He met Sunday with members of his national security team.
On Monday, President Trump spoke with South Korea’s president and the two leaders agreed to increase the payload on South Korea’s missile warheads.
South Korea says there are indications the North is planning another launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile soon.
Switzerland has offered to try to mediate the crisis. Last month, the UN Security Council imposed its stiffest sanctions to date on North Korea.