Live Reporting: North Korea nuclear test – latest updates

Sanctions ‘do not appear to be working’

The executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, Lassina Zerbo (above), says that it is up to the international community to decide its response to the latest North Korean test, but that the current range of sanctions did not appear to be working: “The [UN] Security Council has dealt with many sanctions and the sanctions seem to not be stopping [North Korea] from going beyond the acceptable in terms of their nuclear weapons programme. “‘Where do we go?’ is probably the million-dollar question, but I think many of the states today in their remarks have urged a political and diplomatic solution to this problem.”

China and Russia stick together – Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to stick to their goal of the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.

They agreed “to keep close communication and co-ordination to deal with the new situation” and “appropriately deal with” the latest nuclear test, the agency said.

China and Russia have already voiced strong criticism against the latest nuclear test.

Mishandling crisis ‘could lead to nuclear proliferation’

US-based security expert Vikram Singh tweets:

A ‘serious and grave threat’ – May
Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken about North Korea’s test, describing it as “reckless and posing “an unacceptable further threat to the international community”.

She added: “I discussed the serious and grave threat these dangerous and illegal actions present with President Abe in Japan this week and reiterate the call we jointly made for tougher action, including increasing the pace of implementation of existing sanctions and looking urgently in the UN Security Council at new measures.

“This is now even more pressing. The international community has universally condemned this test and must come together to continue to increase the pressure on North Korea’s leaders to stop their destabilising actions.”

Pyongyang’s pride at bomb test
North Koreans gathered in front of a large screen outside Pyongyang Station and applauded as state television broadcast a special announcement confirming the hydrogen bomb test.

Speaking on North Korean TV, Shin Seok Chol said: “I feel great pride in how much our nuclear warheads have advanced in their precision. We can now perfectly rely on our operational ability, and it is astonishing how greatly our nuclear weapons technology has progressed.”

Another man, Jang Guk Hwan, said he was “cheering with pride and honour to call myself part of the people of our great and respected leader, Kim Jong-un’s nation”.

China ‘monitoring radiation’
BBC China Correspondent tweets…

US treasury secretary: ‘We will work with our allies’
“I’m going to draft a sanctions package and send it to the president for his strong consideration so anybody (who) wants to do trade or business with them will be prevented from doing trade or business with us,” Treasury Secretary Mnuchin tells Fox News.

“We will work with our allies. We will work with China. But people need to cut off North Korea economically, this is unacceptable behaviour.”
US ‘to draft new sanctions package’
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is reported to be drafting a new sanctions package on North Korea to give to President Trump. He tells Fox News that will ask the president to “strongly to consider” cutting off all trade and impose new sanctions.

N Korea: China’s ‘nightmare neighbour’?

Chinese people felt the ground tremble, but the government is more like to be shaking with anger.

Trump team ‘to discuss crisis later on Sunday’
President Trump and his national security team will have a meeting later on Sunday to discuss North Korea’s latest nuclear test, a White House statement says.

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