January 6, 2016 / 4:33 PM / 4 years ago

Russia wants 'proportionate response' to North Korea nuclear test

A sales assistant watches TV sets broadcasting a news report on North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin on Wednesday called for “cool heads” and a “proportionate response” to North Korea’s fourth nuclear test.

Churkin was speaking to reporters ahead of an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea’s announcement of a nuclear detonation. Council diplomats told Reuters the possibility of expanding existing U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang would likely be raised.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, writing by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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