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    Japan’s Abe Urges North Korea to Shut Down Nuclear, Missile Programs

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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Friday on North Korea to fully halt existing nuclear and missile programs amid allegations of a recent test of its first hydrogen bomb.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a nuclear fusion bomb. Following the announcement, the UN Security Council said it would begin work on anti-Pyongyang measures in a new resolution. The test, however, has not been confirmed yet, Cristian Istrate, the Chairperson of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said Thursday.

    "I urge [North Korea] to completely abandon the existing nuclear and missile programs and promptly and fully comply with a UN Security Council resolution," Abe said during a parliamentary session, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.

    Earlier in the day, the upper house of Japan's parliament unanimously adopted a resolution condemning North Korea's fourth nuclear test.

    North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, having earlier withdrawn from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that it ratified in 1985.

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