The International Atomic Energy Agency says North Korea's nuclear test ''if confirmed, is in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: The U.N. nuclear watchdog expressed its concern on Wednesday (January 6) after North Korea said it had successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear device. Pyongyang said the test marked a significant advance in its strike capability, setting off alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said the test was a worrying development. "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced today it had carried out a hydrogen bomb test. The DPRK's nuclear test, if confirmed, is in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable. I strongly urge the DPRK to implement fully all relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA. The IAEA remains ready to contribute to the peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear issue by resuming its nuclear verification activities in the DPRK once a political agreement is reached among countries concerned,"said the agency's directory general, Yukiya Amano. The test, the fourth time the isolated state has exploded a nuclear device, was ordered by the country's leader Kim Jong Un and was successfully conducted at 10:00 a.m. local time (0130 GMT), North Korea's official KCNA news agency said. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 5.1 magnitude quake that South Korea said was 49 km (30 miles) from the Punggye-ri site where the North has conducted nuclear tests in the past. North Korea's last test of an atomic device, in 2013, also registered at 5.1 on the USGS scale.