White House can’t confirm N-Korea’s claim; UNSC to meet on nuclear test

  • Agencies, Washington
  • Updated: Jan 06, 2016 10:45 IST
North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would put Pyongyang a big step closer toward improving its still-limited nuclear arsenal. (AP)

The United Nations Security Council is planning to meet on Wednesday morning to discuss North Korea’s latest reported nuclear test, council diplomats said.

Speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity late on Tuesday, the diplomats said the meeting would probably take place at 11 a.m. ET (1600 GMT). One diplomat said the meeting would likely be held behind closed doors.

It was not immediately clear what action, if any, the 15-nation council was planning to take.

Read more: North Korea claims it has successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test

White House vows appropriate response to N. Korea ‘provocations’

Meanwhile, the White House said late on Tuesday that it could not confirm North Korea’s claims that it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device, but it will continue to monitor the situation.

“While we cannot confirm these claims at this time, we condemn any violation of UNSC Resolutions and again call on North Korea to abide by its international obligations and commitments,” said White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price in a statement.

Price said the United States will continue to “protect and defend our allies in the region,” and will “respond appropriately to any and all North Korean provocations.”

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