September 12, 2016 09:32
The UN Security Council in a press statement Friday condemned North Korea's fifth and biggest nuclear test and discussed a new round of sanctions.
In a rare move, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also denounced the nuclear test in a press conference prior to the UNSC meeting.
Fifty-five countries and five international organizations condemned the North only a day after its nuclear test.
In an emergency meeting of all 15 member states at UN headquarters in New York, the UNSC adopted the press statement that reads, "The members of the Security Council will begin work immediately on appropriate measures under Article 41 in a Security Council resolution."
The article makes any resolution binding on member states.
The UNSC is working on a draft resolution that will be circulated among member states for review and, once adopted, go into effect immediately.
It is expected to ratchet up sanctions laid down in Resolution 2270, which was adopted in March after the North's fourth nuclear test and mandates inspections of North Korean ships, an embargo on the sale of some goods, and the freezing of its financial assets overseas.
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