UN chief demands N Korea cease 'nuclear activities'
07 January 2016, 08:27
New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday
denounced North Korea's nuclear test and called on Pyongyang to halt its
"I condemn it unequivocally. I demand the DPRK cease
any further nuclear activities," Ban told reporters ahead of an emergency
meeting of the UN Security Council.
North Korea said it had carried out a
"successful" miniaturised hydrogen bomb test - a shock announcement
that, if confirmed, would massively raise the stakes in the hermit state's bid
to strengthen its nuclear arsenal.
Ban called the underground nuclear test "deeply
troubling" and "profoundly destabilizing for regional security."
He stressed that it was in violation of numerous Security
Council resolutions barring Pyongyang from engaging in nuclear activities.
Three previous tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 triggered
waves of UN sanctions.