North Korean nuclear test (September 9, 2016)

The nuclear test conducted by North Korea during the night is a serious act that grievously undermines peace and security in Asia and worldwide.

I condemn in the strongest possible terms this latest provocation by a regime that bears responsibility for destabilizing an entire region.

North Korea is continuing to develop a nuclear and ballistic arsenal in gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions. This escalation is unacceptable.

A swift and strong reaction by the UN Security Council, the European Union, and the entire international community is called for. I will be in close touch with my counterparts to ensure the unity of our joint effort.

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