NATO condemns North Korean nuclear test

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's North Atlantic Council recently condemned North Korea's nuclear weapons test and December missile launch.

NATO called the test a "flagrant violation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions," and called on North Korea to cease making provocative actions and to meet their obligations to international law and the international community as expressed by the United Nations Security Council, according to Reuters.

"This irresponsible act, along with the December missile launch, poses a grave threat to international and regional peace, security and stability," NATO said, Reuters reports. "North Korea's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction represents continued defiance of the UN Security Council and the broader international community."

South Korea issued its own stern warning two days after the test, when it announced that it would strike its northern neighbor preemptively if it believed an attack was imminent. It then deployed a new type of cruise missile as if to make the point clear, according to Reuters.

"The cruise missile being unveiled today is a precision-guided weapon that can identify and strike the window of the office of North Korea's leadership," Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said, Reuters reports.

Pyongyang said the recent test was designed to bolster its defenses against the United States, which led a push to impose sanctions after the December missile test.