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US urges UN Security Council to adopt 'strongest possible measures' against North Korea

US urges UN Security Council to adopt

New York, 4 September 2017 (MIA) - The United States urged the UN Security Council to adopt the "strongest possible measures" against North Korea at a meeting on Monday convened to discuss an international response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

"Despite our efforts over the past 24 years, the North Korean nuclear programme is more advanced and more dangerous than ever," said the US ambassador to the UN, Ms Nikki Haley.

"Enough is enough. We have taken an incremental approach and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked," she added.

North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile, calling the test "a perfect success".

The underground blast was North Korea's sixth nuclear test, in defiance of UN resolutions that prohibit Pyongyang from pursuing nuclear and missile programmes.

Ahead of the meeting, Japan urged the UN Security Council to agree on a plan to draft a new sanctions resolution to punish North Korea after the latest test, AFP reported.

"We cannot waste any more time," Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho told reporters.

"We need North Korea to feel the pressure - if they go down this road there will be consequences." ik/19:03

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