New Delhi: India on Wednesday expressed “deep concern” following reports that North Korea has conducted a nuclear test.
“We have seen reports that DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has conducted a nuclear test today,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said in response to a question.
He said New Delhi was “assessing the available information, including claims that this was a thermonuclear test”.
North Korea on Wednesday announced that it has successfully conducted its first hydrogen bomb test.
“It is a matter of deep concern that DPRK has again acted in violation of its international commitments in this regard,” Swarup said.
“We call upon DPRK to refrain from such actions which adversely impact on peace and stability in the region. Our concerns about proliferation links between northeast Asia and our neighbourhood are well-known,” he added.
China also strongly urged North Korea to honour its commitment to denuclearisation, and to cease any action that may deteriorate the situation, Hua said.
“The peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia meet the common interests of all concerned.”
China is determined to advance denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula, and settle the nuclear issue through the six-party talks, Hua said.