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Newsline: US diplomat promises ‘swift and forceful’ response to a North Korean nuclear test

A nuclear test by North Korea will prompt a “swift and forceful response,” a senior U.S. diplomat said in Seoul on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency. North Korea would face unified action by several countries should it detonate a nuclear device in violation of existing U.N. Security Council resolutions, Wendy Sherman, deputy secretary of state, told reporters, according to Yonhap. Starting in 2006, the Security Council imposed a broad range of economic sanctions on the North for developing nuclear weapons and conducting ballistic missile tests. “The entire world will respond in a strong and clear manner,” Sherman said, according to the Yonhap report. “We are prepared.” (https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2022-06-07/north-korea-nuclear-test-missiles-6258709.html) She traveled to Seoul on Monday as part of a 10-day tour of the Indo-Pacific region that includes meetings with officials from South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos. Sherman’s comments come as U.S., South Korean and Japanese government officials warn that the communist regime may soon conduct its seventh nuclear weapons test and its first since 2017.

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