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NATO condemns N Korea's nuclear test


NATO's secretary-general has strongly condemned North Korea's sixth nuclear test, calling it "yet another flagrant violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions."

Jens Stoltenberg also said in a statement that "NATO is concerned by Pyongyang's destabilizing pattern of behavior, which poses a threat to regional and international security."

He called on North Korea to "immediately cease all existing nuclear and ballistic missile activities in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner, and re-engage in dialogue with the international community."

North Korea's nuclear test Sunday was apparently its most powerful yet. The country's state-controlled media say it was a thermonuclear device and a "perfect success."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday jointly condemned North Korea’s biggest nuclear test to date and called for tougher sanctions against Pyongyang, according to Reuters.

The German government said in a statement that Merkel and Macron spoke on the phone, with both strongly condemning the new nuclear test in North Korea. “This latest provocation by the ruler in Pyongyang has reached a new dimension,” it added.

Merkel and Macron agreed that North Korea was violating international law and that the international community must react decisively to this new escalation, Berlin said.

“In addition to the United Nations Security Council, the European Union also has to act now. The Chancellor and the President expressed their support for a tightening of EU sanctions against North Korea,” the statement said.