Any confirmed nuclear test by North Korea would be "clear violation" says UN

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A hydrogen bomb test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would be a "clear violation" of UN Security Council resolutions, if confirmed.

That's according to the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Security Council iss due to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

Matthew Wells reports.

The DPRK announced that it had carried out what it said was a successful hydrogen bomb test on Tuesday night. If confirmed, it would be the country's fourth nuclear test since 2006.

Initial reports from the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, or CTBTO, said that an "unusual seismic event" had been recorded at the site where the DPRK has previously carried out confirmed tests.

If confirmed, it would constitute a "grave threat to international peace and security," said the CTBTO's Executive Secretary, Lassina Zerbo.

He urged the DPRK to refrain from any further testing, and said he hoped the so-far unconfirmed testing of a powerful hydrogen bomb would serve as "the final wake-up call" to the international community to bring the Test Ban Treaty into force.

The IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, said if confirmed, the test was a "clear violation" of international law and "deeply regrettable."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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