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The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July, 4 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

The United Arab Emirates has condemned North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, deeming it a clear violation of the will and decisions of the international community.

According to WAM, the UAE confirmed that these recurrent nuclear tests pose not only a challenge to UN Security Council resolutions and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons agreements, but also pose a real threat to global security and stability.

A statement released by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation reiterated the need to abide by international resolutions and treaties on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, calling on the UN Security Council to work to address those violations which undermine peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

In its statement, the ministry called on North Korea to abide by Security Council resolutions and called on all concerned parties to pursue dialogue and diplomacy in an effort to reduce tensions and maintain international peace and security.

On that note, South Korea has detected signs that the North is preparing another missile launch, the defence ministry said Monday, adding it could involve an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The ministry said signs that North Korea was “preparing for another ballistic missile launch have consistently been detected since Sunday’s test”, referring to Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.

It did not give details, or indicate when a launch might take place.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) also told lawmakers that more analysis is needed to verify whether the North detonated an electromagnetic pulse-based bomb or a hydrogen bomb during its nuclear test on Sunday, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news.

“There is a possibility that the North could make additional provocations by firing an ICBM toward the North Pacific,” a ruling party lawmaker said.