Israel condemns ‘defiant’ North Korea for latest nuclear test
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Israel condemns ‘defiant’ North Korea for latest nuclear test

Foreign Ministry says ‘decisive international response’ will discourage other countries from pursuing rogue weapons programs

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

People watch a TV at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017, showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)
People watch a TV at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017, showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

The Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test and hydrogen bomb claim and called for a “firm international response” to curb Pyongyang’s rogue weapons programs.

“The State of Israel condemns the nuclear test carried out by North Korea,” the ministry said in a statement a day and a half after North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test blast since 2006.

“The test constitutes yet another example of North Korea’s aggressive pattern of behavior,” the statement said, urging Pyongyang to adhere to UN Security Council resolutions that ban it from developing nuclear weapons.

“Decisive international response will prevent other countries from behaving in a similar manner,” the ministry said.

North Korea said it tested a device that could be mounted on an intercontinental missile capable of reaching the United States.

The test sparked further condemnation and a warning from US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis of a “massive military response” if the US or its allies were attacked.

The White House said US President Donald Trump stands ready to use the country’s “full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities” if North Korea continues to threaten it or its allies.

Trump earlier denounced the test, tweeting that the time for “appeasement” was over and threatening drastic economic sanctions, including “stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”

The UN Security Council on Monday will hold its second emergency meeting in a week about North Korea in the wake of the latest test.

North Korea is “deliberately undermining regional peace and stability,” the council said Tuesday when it rebuked the missile test, reiterating demands for the country to halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Requested by the US, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea, the Security Council meeting could bring additional condemnation and discussion of other potential steps.

Later on Monday, Seoul said there were signs the North is preparing another missile launch, adding it could involve an intercontinental ballistic missile similar to the one fired over Japan last week.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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