South Korea calls national security meeting after earthquake of magnitude 6.3 detected near a North Korea nuclear test area

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The nuclear test will create maximum embarrassment for Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, experts have said. Xi was only hours from opening the summit of the BRICS nations – the association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – when news of the test emerged.

Eva Dou of the Wall Street Journal tweeted that the opening speech had been upstaged by North Korea’s actions.

Xi Jinping just began his opening speech for Brics summit…which has been upstaged by North Korea nuclear test pic.twitter.com/cm2l2q4bZs

China's President Xi Jinping speaking right now at the BRICS Summit. So far not a word about the #NorthKorea nuclear test. #China pic.twitter.com/L2E9NFCi7z

South Korea said North Korea’s defiant sixth nuclear test should be met with the “strongest possible” response, including new UN security council sanctions to “completely isolate” the country.

(URGENT) S. Korea says will consider deploying most powerful U.S. tactical weapons https://t.co/z1shiVUa5I

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