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Moscow and Seoul to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s nuclear test

January 13, 5:30 UTC+3 SEOUL
Experts in Seoul said that Russia will play an important role in adopting new sanctions against Pyongyang in UN Security Council
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SEOUL, January 13. /TASS/. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will hold a telephone conversation to discuss how to respond to a nuclear test carried out by North Korea on January 6, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

"The talks are planned for 5pm (11am Moscow time)," the foreign ministry said.

Experts in Seoul said that Russia will play an important role in adopting new sanctions against Pyongyang in UN Security Council.

North Korea announced on January 6 that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test. The country’s government said in a statement circulated by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the test had had "no adverse impacts on the environmental situation." Now, according to the statement, North Korea "possesses the strongest deterrent forces."

North Korea previously conducted three nuclear tests: in 2006, in 2009 and in 2013. Following these tests, the United Nations Security Council imposed various sanctions on Pyongyang. In the past two years, North Korea refrained from nuclear tests limiting itself to ballistic missile launches as a response to the US-South Korea large-scale military drills.

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