The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea for carrying out an underground nuclear test on Monday. Pyongyang responded to the criticism by test-launching two short-range missiles, after which the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, said the actions were “clearly provocative” and that North Korea will “pay a price” for them.

In response to the tests, South Korea announced it will join a U.S.-led initiative to curb illegal nuclear trade by monitoring and searching suspect ships. Seoul had resisted joining the effort, fearing it would further antagonize the North.

BBC News:

North Korea will “pay a price” for the nuclear and missile tests it has carried out in recent days, the US ambassador to the UN has said.

Susan Rice said international pressure on North Korea would increase, until it realized the tests had left it “further isolated and further debilitated”.

Her comments come a day after the UN unanimously condemned North Korea for conducting an underground nuclear test.

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