- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The U.N. Security Council is holding an emergency meeting Tuesday morning to discuss North Korea’s latest nuclear test, conducted at a remote underground site, according to various media. South Korean authorities initially reported a 5.1 magnitude “artificial earthquake” that was a suspected nuclear test from its northern neighbor.

North Korea is calling the test a warning to the West, The Associated Press reported.

NATO, the United Nations and Washington, D.C., have condemned the action, the AP reports.

“This irresponsible act, along with the December missile launch, poses a grave threat to international peace, security and stability,” the North Atlantic Council said in a statement, reported by the AP. “North Korea’s pursuit of weapons of mass destruction represents continued defiance of the U.N. Security Council and the broader international community.”

Fox News reports that President Obama has characterized North Korea’s action as a “highly provocative act” that has further isolated its people. Fox also reports that the U.N. Security Council’s emergency meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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