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    North Korea’s Wednesday nuclear test poses a threat to east Asian security and could potentially disrupt the vast commerce flowing through the region, former US Air Force intelligence officer and president of a strategic risk consultancy Cedric Leighton told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — On Wednesday, Pyongyang reportedly carried out the first test of a hydrogen bomb. The international community has condemned the test as provocative, and undermining stability in the region.

    "North Korean behavior is too risky for the economic well-being of that region certainly, and it can have an impact on the flow of commerce [and] it can have an impact on stability," Leighton said in an interview. He characterized the nuclear test as "a very dangerous escalation" on the Korean Peninsula and in East Asia.

    The nuclear test will complicate the commercial relations in Asia for Russia, China, Japan, South, Korea, the United States, and other regional players in what Leighton described as "the most important area in the world right now, in terms of the volume of trade."

    The six East Asian nations account for nearly a half trillion dollars in international imports, and are responsible for over one third of the total share of global imports, according to the World Trade Organization.

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    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), imports, nuclear tests, World Trade Organization (WTO)
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