Long-time foes Iran and the United States agreed to swap a total of 11 prisoners, both sides announced Saturday as they held last-minute negotiations on implementing an international nuclear deal that will remove sanctions against Iran.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna Saturday to consult with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to consult on the Iran nuclear deal, Kerry's spokesman announced late Friday.
The sanctions imposed on North Korea have never been able to halt Pyongyang's nuclear or missile tests. Once again the isolated dictatorship has demonstrated its firm intention of becoming a nuclear power.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg criticizes Noth Korea's announced nuclear test, saying it "undermines regional and international security" and is in "clear breach" of UN Security Council resolutions.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini condemns North Korea's alleged hydrogen bomb test as a "grave violation" of the country's nuclear obligations, and calls it a "threat to the peace and security" of North East Asia.
The first hydrogen bomb, tested in November 1952 by the United States, yielded energy equivalent to 10 megatons of TNT - roughly 1,000 times larger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima seven years earlier.