South Korea minister calls for tough sanctions on North
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a ceremony to award party and state commendations to nuclear scientists, technicians, soldier-builders, workers and officials for their contribution to what North Korea said was a succesful hydrogen bomb test, at the meeting hall of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 13, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA

GENEVA: South Korea called on Wednesday for the U.N. Security Council to expand sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear programme which it said was accelerating and posed a regional threat.

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se addressed the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament hours before major powers are scheduled to vote on a resolution to expand sanctions after North Korea’s recent nuclear test and satellite launch.

“This is a clear manifestation of the resolve of the international community to punish North Korea’s provocations once and for all,” Yun told the Geneva forum.

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