Obama joins other nations in calling N. Korea’s nuclear test a threat

Obama joins other nations in calling N. Korea’s nuclear test a threat

Several nations including the United States and China assailed North Korea on Tuesday for conducting a nuclear test and vowed to press for increased sanctions to force the secretive country to halt its nuclear program.

The U.N. Security Council convened for an emergency meeting Tuesday to decide how to respond to the continuation of a program that violates international law.

North Korea said the test was merely its “first response” to U.S. threats, and said it will continue with unspecified “second and third measures of greater intensity” if Washington maintains its hostility.

The strength of China’s objection to the test may indicate a willingness to support stronger measures against North Korea, which depends on China for much of its foreign aid and basic materials such as fuel, experts said.

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