12-09-16: North Korean response to threat of new sanctions: “Laughable”

By Anya Palm

When North Korea Friday confirmed they had carried out their fifth and largest nuclear test to date at the Pungue- rie facility, the UN immediately held an emergency security meeting, threatening a fresh round of sanctions.

However, the tougher measures that could isolate the country further, left the North Korean administration unfazed.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was cited by the state-run news agency KCNA as calling the idea of stricter sanctions “highly laughable”.