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N’Korea Nuclear test: World leaders react

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises missile launch

World leaders have reacted with anger to the recent Nuclear test by North Korea threatening grave consequences, the BBC reports.

This is the fifth and biggest Nuclear test by the country led by Kim Jong-un.

South Korea accused the North’s leader “maniacal recklessness”.

China “firmly opposed” the test, Japan “protested adamantly” and the US warned of “serious consequences”.

Such tests are banned by the UN, but this is the second nuclear test this year, and Kim Jong-un’s rhetoric has become increasingly aggressive.

North Korea has been sanctioned five times by the United Nations since its first Nuclear test in 2006.

In its statement announcing the underground test, North Korea expressed anger at the “racket of threat and sanctions… kicked up by the US-led hostile forces” to deny a “sovereign state’s exercise of the right to self-defence”.

The test came on the country’s National Day, which celebrates the founding of the current regime and which is often used as a show of military strength.

Technically, the North said test was aimed at further developing the miniaturisation of nuclear warheads so they could be mounted on ballistic missiles.

In its statement the North said it could now produce “at will, and as many as it wants, a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power”.

In recent months, the North has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches and has in the past often stated its aim of hitting US targets.

The North has previously made claims on “miniaturised” nuclear warheads but they have never been independently confirmed.

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