Will respond appropriately to N. Korea’s provocations: U.S.

January 06, 2016 11:22 am | Updated November 17, 2021 02:19 am IST - Washington

File Photo of State Department Spokesman John Kirby.

File Photo of State Department Spokesman John Kirby.

The U.S. on Wednesday vowed to respond appropriately to North Korea’s provocations after the nation claimed that it had carried out a hydrogen bomb test.

“We will continue to protect and defend our allies in the region, including the Republic of Korea, and will respond appropriately to any and all North Korean provocations,” State Department Spokesman, John Kirby, said in a statement.

The U.S. at the same time said it cannot confirm the claim of North Korea.

“While we cannot confirm these claims at this time, we condemn any violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions and again call on North Korea to abide by its international obligations and commitments,” Mr. Kirby said.

“We are aware of seismic activity on the Korean Peninsula in the vicinity of a known North Korean nuclear test site and have seen Pyongyang’s claims of a nuclear test.”

The U.S. is monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with its regional partners.

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