Israel Condemns North Korea's Nuclear Test, Calls for 'Decisive International Reaction'

Israeli foreign ministry urges North Korea to comply with Security Council resolutions and refrain from "developing weapons of mass destruction"

South Korea's missile system firing Hyunmu-2 missile into the East Sea from an undisclosed location during a live-fire exercise simulating an attack on North Korea's nuclear site on September 4, 2017.
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Israel condemned on Monday the hydrogen bomb test carried out by North Korea on Sunday, saying the test "is a continuation of the defiant conduct" of the country.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement that "North Korea must comply with all of the Security Council resolutions and refrain from testing and developing weapons of mass destruction and the means to launch them."

"A decisive international reaction will prevent other countries from taking similar steps," he added.

North Korea detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday hours after Pyongyang said it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb that possesses "great destructive power."

The move was interpreted as a direct challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who responded saying "their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States," adding that "North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrasment to China, which is trying to help but with little success."

In response to the test, the Security Council has called two emergency meetings. Less than a month ago, the council imposed its stiffest sanctions so far on the reclusive nation.

North Korea is "deliberately undermining regional peace and stability," the council said Tuesday when it rebuked the missile test, reiterating demands for the country to halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

The North trumpeted "perfect success" Sunday in its sixth nuclear test blast since 2006.