United Nations, - The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear test, saying it would immediately begin consultations on further "appropriate measures." The statement, which was unanimous and came on the same day as the test, said North Korea's actions demonstrated a "clear violation" and "flagrant disregard" of existing council resolutions, as well as a threat to international peace and stability.

The council could take weeks or months to draft a new resolution, which would either impose new sanctions or strengthen the existing one adopted in March. After North Korea's previous nuclear test, in January, it took about two months for the council to impose punitive measures.

Diplomats said they hoped the pattern and frequency of North Korea's actions would prompt a faster reaction this time.

Source: Qatar News Agency