As the United Nations Security Council organised an emergency meeting to address North Korea’s nuclear test, the defiant state said it would not abide by UN restrictions anyway.
The February 12 test was North Korea’s third and largest to date. The United States and other world powers swiftly condemned it.
Even China, the isolated country’s only major ally, was critical this time. The Foreign Ministry said China is “extremely concerned”.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague stressed the importance of Beijing’s role: “There is additional pressure that can be placed on North Korea, additional sanctions that can be put in place. Of course these have the most effect if they have the strong support of China, a key nation in this regard and a permanent member of the Security Council.”
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “The North Korean authorities have ignored international law again, ignored UN Security Council decisions. Undoubtedly, it deserves both condemnation and an adequate reaction.”
Pyongyang is threatening more tests, and said its actions are the result of what it called “reckless hostility” from the United States.
Despite the fiery rhetoric, North Korea is not believed to be capable of launching a strike on the US though South Korea and Japan are in range of its missiles.
- 1Germany: #Cutesolidarity response to Kinder chocolate controversy
- 2Hero’s welcome for Ukraine pilot Nadiya Savchenko after Russia prisoner swap
- 3In the EU ‘one in three deaths of under-75s is avoidable,’ says Eurostat
- 4Germany’s carrot and stick approach to refugee integration
- 5G7 leaders visit Japanese holy shrine ahead of summit
- 1The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 2Turkey warns EU migrant deal could collapse if visa-waiver isn’t speeded up
- 3Eurozone ministers agree “breakthrough” deal with Greece
- 4More fuel frustration as French pickets refuse to back down
- 5Ukrainian pilot Savchenko back in Kyiv after 2 years in Russian jail
- 1EgyptAir crash: airline says Flight MS804 wreckage found
- 2The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 3Venezuela economy fractured with shortages of essentials across the country
- 4Crimean Tatars look for Eurovision boost on day of national tragedy
- 5Emergency response: inside Ecuador’s disaster zones
Latest world news
India rules second Italian marine accused of fishermen murder can go home
Awesome Mount Etna erupts again!
France: Nuclear strike raises stakes in showdown over labour reforms
Groundbreaking study sheds light on Neanderthal life
Iraqi forces say they will retake Falluja from ISIL ‘soon’
Wires > News
- 14:50 CET Italy says migrant boat has capsized, number of dead unknown
- 14:44 CET French union leads new anti-reform protests, seeks to maintain…
- 14:25 CET No masking Trump’s popularity at Chinese Partytime Factory
- 14:21 CET Raided Belgian cell had possible targets in second city Antwerp
- 14:19 CET Obama – Trump displays ignorance, seeks tweets over solutions
- 14:18 CET Protesters clash with Congo police over likely delay of November…
- 14:11 CET Nearly 1,000 killed in attacks on health workers in 2014-15 – WHO
- 14:06 CET Zimbabwe’s Mugabe empties food-starved female prisons under amnesty