North Korea nuke test strongly op­posed DPRKmis­sile and­nu­clear timeline

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Pro­tec­tion is “mon­i­tor­ing the data and will con­duct an all-out ra­di­a­tion emer­gency test in the border area”, For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said.

By 1 pm, lo­cal read­ings of gamma ra­di­a­tion had been nor­mal, the en­vi­ron­men­tal min­istry said.

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said that “China firmly cham­pi­ons the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear non­pro­lif­er­a­tion sys­tem”.

Cana­dian 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, ac­cord­ing to Cana­dian press re­ports.

Rus­sia’s For­eign Min­istry said it hadn’t been con­firmed that the DPRK had car­ried out an ac­tual nu­clear test, and that all sides should “pre­serve max­i­mum re­straint”, AFP re­ported.

Repub­lic of Korea Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye said on Wed­nes­day that Seoul “should closely co­op­er­ate with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity”, ROK’s Yon­hap news agency re­ported.

Yu Mei­hua, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Korean Penin­sula Peace Stud­ies of the China Re­form Fo­rum, said the United States and its al­lies Ja­pan and the ROK will take Py­ongyang’s test as an ex­cuse to “ini­ti­ate the next arms race in the re­gion” by hav­ing more mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion and de­ploy­ment in the re­gion.

Yu said fresh UN sanc­tions might be im­posed and “DPRK’s pace of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with for­eign coun­tries will pos­si­bly see a slow­down”.

Zhang Lian­gui, an ex­pert of Korean stud­ies at the Party School of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, said the nu­clear test was “not a sur­prise”, as Py­ongyang has re­newed com­mit­ment to its nu­clear plans in re­cent years.

AFP and Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY

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