North Korea demands recognition as legitimate nuclear state

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Pyongyang spokesman says threat of further sanctions is ‘laughable’ and country will work to increase its nuclear force

North Korea has demanded the US recognise it as a “legitimate nuclear weapons state” following its fifth and largest atomic test, adding that threats of further sanctions against the country were “laughable”.

The dictatorship set off its most powerful nuclear explosion to date on Friday, saying it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile and ratcheting up a challenge to rivals and the UN.

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