North Korea con­demned for re­cent nuke test

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

NEW YORK (AP): HE UNITED States, Ja­pan and South Korea yes­ter­day roundly con­demned North Korea’s re­cent nu­clear test and called for tough new mea­sures to fur­ther iso­late the com­mu­nist state.

Meet­ing on the side­lines of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry and the Ja­panese and South Korean for­eign min­is­ters said the North Korean test ear­lier this month would not go unan­swered. The test was North Korea’s fifth and, along with re­cent bal­lis­tic mis­sile launches, has been widely crit­i­cised as desta­bil­is­ing to re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity.

Kerry said the US re­mained deeply com­mit­ted to its mu­tual de­fence obli­ga­tions with Ja­pan and South Korea and would not shirk in “rolling back the provoca­tive, reck­less be­hav­iour of” North Korea.

He said the US, Ja­pan, South Korea and others would “make it clear to a reck­less dic­ta­tor that all he is do­ing through his ac­tions is iso­lat­ing his coun­try, iso­lat­ing his peo­ple and de­priv­ing his peo­ple of gen­uine eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity”.

TMin­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Fu­mio Kishida of Ja­pan (cen­tre) speaks dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween lead­ers from Ja­pan, South Korea and Ja­pan yes­ter­day in New York.

“The global com­mu­nity will not be in­tim­i­dated and will not pull back from our obli­ga­tions,” Kerry said. He called for North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un to freeze Py­ongyang’s nu­clear and mis­sile

pro­grammes im­me­di­ately and re­turn to de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion talks.

The South Korean for­eign min­is­ter, Yun Byung-se, echoed Kerry’s com­ments, call­ing North Korea’s mis­sile and nu­clear tests a “tick­ing

time bomb” and a threat to world safety. “What we see is a loom­ing per­fect storm that may not only pounce on North­east Asia but sweep over the en­tire world,” he said.

AP

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