Washington: A day after North Korea tested its sixth nuclear weapon, stirring an earth quake of 6.3 magnitudes, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Kim Jong-Un’s act of terror.
A visibly-angry Haley slammed North Korea for ‘showing off’ its military prowess, adding that “Kim Jong-Un’s act not defensive. He wants to be acknowledged as nuclear power. He is begging for war.”
“To the members of the Security Council, I must say enough is enough,” she added. Earlier in the day, the United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres has condemned the country, calling the act “profoundly” destabilizing for regional security.
News reports on Sunday indicated that the country admitted that carried out its most powerful nuclear experiment so far, and has claimed to have developed an advanced hydrogen bomb that could be integrated into an intercontinental ballistic missile.
According to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General said that North Korea’s action is yet another serious breach of its international obligations and undermines international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts.
“This act is also profoundly destabilising for regional security. North Korea is the only country that continues to break the norm against nuclear test explosions,” the statement said, using North Korea’s official name the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The UN Chief reiterated his call on North Korean leadership to cease such acts and to comply fully with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions, the statement said, noting that Guterres remains in contact with all parties concerned.
The head of the UN atomic agency has said that the nuclear test is “an extremely regrettable act”. “This new test, which follows the two tests last year and is the sixth since 2006, is in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community,” said Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in a statement.
In its resolutions, most recently in 2371, the Security Council has reaffirmed its decisions that North Korea should not conduct any further nuclear tests and should abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.