West condemns North Korea's nuclear experiment: 'Fanatically irresponsible'

This is the fifth overall nuclear test conducted by the isolated nation, whose growing nuclear capabilities will be a major challenge for the next US leadership to face.
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Political leaders from across the Western world sharply condemned on Friday what has been described as the biggest nuclear experiment ever conducted by North Korea. US President Barack Obama warned that the move might result in "serious consequences" for the isolated dictatorship.

The experiment came just hours after Obama's visit to the region, during which he expressed concern over the recent firing of three rockets by Pyongyang and called to tighten international sanctions on the country's nuclear program.

Park Geun-hye, the president of South Korea, called the experiment an act of "fanatic lack of responsibility," adding that her country would soon file an official complaint with the United Nations.

Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the experiment was "a deeply troubling and regrettable act."

Additional condemnations came from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, France and Norway. The government of China, while stating that the move was "not a smart one" on North Korea's part, urged all the involved parties to restrain themselves from carrying out moves that might further increase the tension around the Korean Peninsula.

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