CAIRO (Sputnik) — Last week, an earthquake was felt all across the Korean peninsula, prompting Seoul's suspicions that Pyongyang had performed another nuclear test. Just hours later, North Korea confirmed that it had indeed tested a hydrogen bomb, and that it was successful.
The test was also a violation of international law, the bloc's head said, stressing the GCC was supporting all efforts to prevent the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
In 2005, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power. So far, it has conducted four underground nuclear weapon tests — in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2016, raising concerns of both the neighboring states and the international community, and prompting the UN Security Council impose sanctions against Pyongyang.
In December 2015, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country had a hydrogen bomb and was ready to use it to "protect its sovereignty and national dignity."