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    UN Chief Calls on North Korea to Fulfill Int'l Obligations Amid Nuclear Tests

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    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged North Korean leadership to fulfill the country's international obligations in the context of the fifth nuclear test carried out by the country.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — On September 9, Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test at its northeastern nuclear test site. The nuclear experiment is believed to be the fifth and the largest since North Korea started pursuing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

    "On the Korean Peninsula, the fifth nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has again threatened regional and international security. Meanwhile, the people’s suffering and plight are worsening. I urge the leaders of the DPRK to change course and fulfill their obligations – to their own people and to the family of nations," Ban said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

    North Korea is under pressure from the international community since its January nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch in February, which resulted in tightening sanctions against Pyongyang in the UN Security Council resolution in March.

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