The United States has added its voice to international condemnation of North Korea’s plans to carry out a nuclear weapons test. It comes as diplomatic efforts are being mobilised worldwide to avert a crisis. Assistant US Secretary of State Chris Hill refused to say exactly what steps Washington would take to prevent missiles being fired, but did say: “I think clearly it is very serious. We are very concerned about it. We are very concerned about the announcement that was made yesterday and we are trying to do all we can to head this off.”
Japan has urged the divided UN Security Council to adopt a statement calling on North Korea to abandon its plans. It also called for six-party talks aimed at ending the crisis to resume. The talks, involving China, North and South Korea, the United States, Russia and Japan have so far made little progress.
Pyongyang says it has decided to act in the face of what it claims is “the US extreme threat of nuclear war.”