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Taiwan condemns North Korean hydrogen bomb test

2016/01/06 20:16:02

Photo courtesy of Kyodo News

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday condemned North Korea's alleged detonation of a hydrogen bomb as a provocative action and called against any move that could undermine stability in the region.

The condemnation came in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after Pyongyang's announcement earlier in the day that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test, a significant advance in its pursuit of a nuclear arsenal.

The Republic of China government has strongly condemned North Korea's action and has expressed serious concern about it, according to the statement.

The ROC has urged North Korea to respond to the international community's calls and abide by United Nations resolutions, by stopping any moves that could undermine the region's security and working jointly to maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in East Asia.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency said the test was conducted "for self-defense." The test also means a higher stage in the country's development of a nuclear force, it added.

"The Korean peninsula and its vicinity are turning into the world's biggest hot spot, where a nuclear war might break out" amid the constant presence of nuclear-armed U.S. forces, it said.

Following the news of the test, Tokyo and Seoul also condemned Pyongyang's action.

(By Elaine Hou)
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