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Update: EU calls on U.N. to adopt further NK sanctions

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The president of the European Commission says North Korea's latest nuclear test compels the international community to unite in swift and decisive reaction.

Donald Tusk said the European Union stands ready to sharpen its policy of sanctions and invites North Korea to restart dialogue on its nuclear and missile programs without condition.

In Sunday's statement, Tusk said the EU calls on the U.N. Security Council "to adopt further U.N. sanctions and show stronger resolve to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," adding, "The stakes are getting too high."

He said North Korea must abandon its nuclear weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a verifiable and irreversible manner and it must cease all related activities at once.

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North Korean TV says the country has successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that is meant to be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The TV anchor announced the test's success on Korean Central Television, hours after Seoul and Tokyo detected unusual seismic activity at North Korea's nuclear test site.

The announcer says North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un ordered the test.
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South Korea's weather agency says an apparent nuclear test by North Korea appears to have been several times stronger than its previous test.

The Korea Meteorological Administration estimated Sunday that the nuclear blast yield of the presumed test was between 50 to 60 kilotons, or five to six times stronger than the North Korea's fifth test in September 2016.

North Korea is believed to have conducted a test after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was detected earlier Sunday.

The previous test created seismic waves with a magnitude of 5.0.

Japan's defense minister says the larger magnitude of the earthquake suggests "capability significantly exceeding the last one."
 

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