The U.S. State Department said that it will not accept North Korea becoming a nuclear state after it conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on Friday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: The U.S. State Department said on Friday said that it will not accept North Korea becoming a nuclear state after the East Asian dictatorship conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on Friday and said it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile. The tests have ratcheting up a threat that rivals and the United Nations have been powerless to contain. The blast, on the 68th anniversary of North Korea's founding, drew a fresh wave of global condemnation. "We've been consistently clear that we will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, nor will we accept North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons," said said Director of the U.S. State Department's Press Office, Elizabeth Trudeau. "The president, in his statement, detailed also our commitment to work with our international partners on those lines and also reiterated our support to allies and partners in the region on their defense," she added. Under 32-year-old third-generation leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has sped up development of its nuclear and missile programs, despite U.N. sanctions that were tightened in March and have further isolated the impoverished country. The U.S. would work with its allies to pressure North Korea into ending its nuclear program, Trudeau said. The United Nations Security Council was set to discuss the latest test and whether the 15-member body should punish North Korea with more sanctions at a meeting on Friday, diplomats said. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urged the 15-member group to remain united and take action that would "urgently break this accelerating spiral of escalation." U.S. President Barack Obama said after speaking by telephone with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that they had agreed to work with the Security Council and other powers to vigorously enforce existing measures against North Korea and to take "additional significant steps, including new sanctions." China said it was resolutely opposed to the test and urged Pyongyang to stop taking any actions that would worsen the situation. It said it would lodge a protest with the North Korean embassy in Beijing.