North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, according to the country’s announcement made on Tuesday. The statement immediately drew international condemnation, including from China, while North Korea’s risk to be punished for defying the United Nations Security Council resolutions grew even more.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said China was “strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed” to the test and urged North Korea to “stop any rhetoric or acts that could worsen situations and return to the right course of dialogue and consultation as soon as possible”.
The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting at which its members stated they will start preparing appropriate measures in response, the president of the council said.
“The test was conducted in a safe and perfect way on a high level with the use of a smaller and light A-bomb, unlike the previous ones, yet with great explosive power,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.
North Korea used a “miniaturized” and lighter nuclear device, which implies the use of plutonium. The radioactive chemical element can also be used as a missile warhead, according to the international press.
The test, the first since Kim Jong Un took power about a year ago, was “part of practical measures of counteraction to defend the country’s security and sovereignty” after the United States violated its “legitimate right” to launch satellites for peaceful purposes, according to Kyodo news agency.