UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is pledging further action against North Korea, calling today's nuclear test a "clear threat to international peace and security."
North Korea had earlier conducted tests in the weeks after it launched rockets in 2006 and 2009 -- and this third test followed a rocket launch in December. The council says it's a "grave violation" of U.N. resolutions aimed at limiting the North's nuclear program.
North Korea is calling the atomic test its "first response" to what it describes as U.S. threats. It says it will continue with "second and third measures of greater intensity" if Washington maintains its hostility.
The underground test, which set off powerful seismic waves, drew condemnation from around the world. Even North Korea's only major ally, China, is denouncing the test and demanding that North Korea return to "dialogue and negotiation." But it remains to be seen whether China will sign on to any new, binding global sanctions.
President Barack Obama, in a statement, says North Korea is further isolating itself and putting its people further into poverty.
208-a-08-(Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman, State Department, at briefing)-"a multi-lateral context"-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the Obama administration wants to work with China on possible sanctions against North Korea. (12 Feb 2013)
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199-a-13-(Cedric Leighton (LAY'-tuhn), former Air Force Colonel, Korea military expert, in AP interview)-"by today's test"-Korea military expert Cedric Leighton says it's significant that the nuclear test was conducted as China is celebrating the new year. (12 Feb 2013)
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197-c-21-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)-"later this month"-AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports President Obama has been talking to South Korea's leader about today's North Korean nuclear test. (12 Feb 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: 3d political map of North Korea textured with North Korea flag, lettering, THIRD NUCLEAR TEST, finished graphic (12 Feb 2013)
APPHOTO UNCR114: U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at a news conference after the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on North Korea's nuclear test on Tuesday morning at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (12 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO XGB101: The car of the North Korean ambassador to China emerges from the North Korean embassy in Beijing, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013, hours after North Korea conducted its third nuclear test. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi summoned North Korea's ambassador and delivered a "stern representation" and demanded that North Korea "swiftly return to the correct channel of dialogue and negotiation," following the test Tuesday. (AP Photo) (12 Feb 2013)
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