World re­acts

Canada con­demns North Korea for al­leged test of hy­dro­gen bomb.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

Canada is con­demn­ing North Korea for what Py­ongyang says was its first test of a hy­dro­gen bomb.

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Stephane Dion ini­tially took to Twit­ter to ex­press Canada’s out­rage about the “reck­less be­hav­iour” of North Korea, then fol­lowed that up with a for­mal state­ment.

“We un­equiv­o­cally con­demn the be­hav­iour of North Korea, which to­day claimed to have det­o­nated a nu­clear weapon,” the state­ment said. “North Korea’s con­tin­ued vi­o­la­tions of its in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions pose a grave threat to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity, and par­tic­u­larly to the sta­bil­ity of the re­gion.”

North Korea’s an­nounce­ment has been met with wide­spread in­ter­na­tional skep­ti­cism.

But Dion said: “Any nu­clear test­ing by North Korea would be an il­le­gal and provoca­tive ac­tion.”

The de­vel­op­ment has ratch­eted up tension be­tween the im­pov­er­ished pariah state and the rest of the world, and could lead to more sanc­tions. Con­ser­va­tive for­eign af­fairs critic Tony Cle­ment called on the gov­ern­ment to take a strong stand with its al­lies, while not los­ing sight of the se­vere hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions of the Py­ongyang regime.

“The regime in Py­ongyang con­tin­ues to be a threat to world peace, and its self-im­posed iso­la­tion from the rest of the world only serves to fur­ther op­press its own cit­i­zens,” Cle­ment said in a state­ment. Cle­ment also noted the con­tin­ued im­pris­on­ment of a Cana­dian in North Korea, Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim.

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