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Signaling that it has no intention of bowing to international demands that it cease its efforts to become a nuclear power, North Korea on Tuesday at 11: 57 a.m. local time detonated a nuclear device, a first for the regime of Mr. Kim Jong Un and the country’s third experimental nuclear explosion following tests in 2006 and 2009.

The latest nuclear test will further destabilize the East Asian region and the implementation of tougher sanctions in response will only serve to deepen North Korea’s isolation in the international community. It will make it much more difficult for Tokyo to seek to improve ties with Pyongyang through dialogue. The United Nations Security Council must take appropriate action, including a strong condemnation of North Korea.

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