North Korea nuke test strongly opposed DPRKmissile andnuclear timeline
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