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Taiwan condemns North Korean apparent nuke test

2017/09/03 20:05:55

Premier Lin Chuan (林全, wearing black suit)

Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday condemned North Korea's alleged nuclear test earlier that day, following the conclusion of a national security meeting presided over by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), saying that the move undermines regional security.

North Korea appears to have carried out another nuclear test, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported earlier in the day, citing South Korean military sources. The test is Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, the reports said.

In the wake of the test, Tsai promptly called the national security meeting, according to the Presidential Office.

During the 70-minute-meeting, she was briefed by national defense, foreign affairs and intelligence officials on the latest information they have on the test, a Presidential Office statement said.

Tsai condemned North Korea for its action, and urged Pyongyang to stop any moves that could undermine security in the region.

Tsai added that her government will work closely with the international community in any efforts that will help to maintain order and stability in the region, the statement said.

An ad hoc committee will be launched by the National Security Council soon to closely monitor the aftermath of the test, the Presidential Office said.

Tsai asked all relevant government agencies to make the necessary preparations for all possible scenarios, it added.

The Cabinet needs to make sure Taiwanese nationals are given proper information regarding the test to make sure they remain calm about the situation, it noted.

According to the Presidential Office, the meeting was attended by Premier Lin Chuan (林全), Chief of the General Staff Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明), Deputy Foreign Minister Paul Chang (章文樑), National Security Bureau Director-General Peng Sheng-chu (彭勝竹) and Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月).

Meanwhile, the Cabinet's Atomic Energy Council said radiation levels in Taiwan are within safety limits following the apparent nuclear test after the council examined data collected by all 46 nuclear monitoring stations nationwide.

South Korea's military revealed the information on the test, citing seismic activity detected in the vicinity of the North's nuclear test site.

The 5.7-magnitude "artificial earthquake" that occurred in the Punggye-ri area at around 12:29 p.m. is "presumed" to be the result of the North Korea's sixth nuclear test, the military said.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Joseph Yeh)
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