Paris, - French President Francois Hollande "strongly condemns" North Korea's latest nuclear test and called on the UN Security Council to take up "this violation of its resolutions," his office said Friday.

"The international community must unite against this new provocation which comes after unanimous condemnation by the Security Council of the ballistic missile tests by North Korea on Monday," it said in a statement.

North Korea declared earlier Friday it had conducted a "successful" fifth nuclear test, which South Korea described as the largest explosion of its kind by Pyongyang.

Source: Qatar News Agency