NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday condemned the nuclear weapons test announced by North Korea, saying that it undermines regional and international security, and is in clear breach of UN Security Council resolutions.
“I condemn the continued development by North Korea of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and its inflammatory and threatening rhetoric,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg called on North Korea to fully respect its international obligations and commitments.
“North Korea should abandon nuclear weapons and existing nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and engage in credible and authentic talks on denuclearization,” Stoltenberg said.
According to the official KCNA News Agency, “The successful H-bomb test was a measure for self-defense the DPRK took to protect its sovereignty and the vital rights of the Korean nation from the escalating nuclear threat and blackmail by the hostile forces, as part of its efforts to reliably defend the peace on the Korean Peninsula and regional security.”