Neighbouring countries reacted with firm reiterations that a North Korea with nuclear capabilities is unacceptable.
Before it was even independently confirmed that a nuclear test had in fact been conducted, China’s Xinhua News reported that the Chinese Foreign Ministry “firmly opposes” this most recent nuclear test, while South Korea’s President said that North Korea will pay “the corresponding price” for its nuclear test.
Korean Central Television, the only available network in North Korea, claimed that the nuclear test had been personally ordered by its leader, Kim Jong-un, in December.
Worries over tensions around the Korean peninsula grow as the North relentlessly pursues its nuclear dream. Just last month, Kim claimed that the nation had achieved hydrogen bomb capabilities and had conducted tests as an act of “self-defense”. While expert sources remain doubtful about the veracity of this claim, countries remain watchful and mindful of tensions.
Japan’s Prime Minister reiterated that the North presents a “grave threat” to Japan’s security and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Russia likewise emphasised the dangers of an unrestrained nuclear bomb empowered North, with no respect for International Law.
A US State Department spokesperson highlighted that if this report is confirmed, it would count as North Korea’s fourth nuclear test.