“India deplores the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK this morning… We call upon DPRK to refrain from such actions which adversely impact peace and stability in the region and beyond,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Sunday evening.
North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date earlier today, testing an advanced hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. which set off a manmade earthquake of magnitude 5.3 near the test site. Japanese and South Korean officials said the quake was around 10 times more powerful than the tremor picked up after its last nuclear test a year ago.
The MEA said by conducting the nuclear test, North Korea was once again violating international law. It added the North’s action was self-defeating as it went against the country’s recent stand on de-nuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
“It is a matter of deep concern that DPRK has once again acted in violation of its international commitments which goes against the objective of the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula, which has been endorsed by DPRK itself,” the statement read.
India also voiced its concerns about the proliferation of nuclear and missile technologies which has adversely impacted its national security.
The test has been widely castigated by the international community, with Germany and France calling for tougher sanctions against Pyongyang.
After threatening “fire and fury” on Pyongyang last month, US President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that North Korea’s “words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous” to the US. He called it “a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”
Source : timesofindia