UN chief "unequivocally" condemns DPRK nuke test

2016-01-06 17:10:14 GMT2016-01-07 01:10:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
 The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) speaks to journalists on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s announcement of first hydrogen bomb test, at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, Jan. 6, 2016. UN chief condemns unequivocally DPRK over hydrogen bomb test. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) speaks to journalists on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s announcement of first hydrogen bomb test, at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, Jan. 6, 2016. UN chief condemns unequivocally DPRK over hydrogen bomb test. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned "unequivocally" the "underground nuclear test" announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying the act "seriously undermines international non-proliferation efforts."

"This test once again violates numerous Security Council resolutions despite the united call by the international community to cease such activities," Ban told reporters here.

"This act is profoundly destabilising for regional security and seriously undermines international non-proliferation efforts," he added.

"I demand the DPRK cease any further nuclear activities and meet its obligations for verifiable denuclearization," he said.

The surprise announcement by the DPRK that the country successfully conducted its first hydrogen bomb test Wednesday morning jolted the international community, as such a move may dampen the denuclearization process on the Korean Peninsula and threaten regional stability.

The H-bomb test is the fourth nuclear test by the country, which has previously conducted three nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 respectively.

The UN Security Council is holding closed-door consultations on the DPRK Wednesday here following its announcement of the first hydrogen bomb test.

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