US warns of serious consequences after North Korean nuclear test

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Washington, Sep 9 (IANS) US President Barack Obama on Friday warned that the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea will have serious consequences.

Obama called the nuclear test a “provocation” and reiterated that the US was committed to the security of its allies in Asia and throughout the world, Efe news reported citing a White House statement.

Obama also spoke on the phone with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after National Security Advisor Susan Rice briefed him on the seismic activity detected in North Korea.

An artificial quake of magnitude 5 was detected around 9.30 a.m. at North Korea’s main Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The US Geological Survey said the tremor was a 5.3-magnitude earthquake.

Obama will continue holding discussions with US allies and partners over the next few days to address North Korea’s provocative actions, the statement added.

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North Korea is banned by UN sanctions from any tests of nuclear or missile technology. It conducted a fourth nuclear test in January this year.

–IANS

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