Nkorea rejects world pressure, confirms ‘successful’ nuclear test
25 May, 2009
SEOUL: North Korea staged a "successful" underground nuclear test on Monday, the communist state`s official media said. On the other hand, U.S. said it couldn’t confirm this test.
U.S. said ‘not able’ to confirm North Korean nuclear test ‘at this time’, while Japan has formed a crisis task force after the nuclear test.
North Korea official media said that this test was more powerful than the earlier one. Korean central news agency said that the test was a part of the string of efforts making the country’s defence strong and it would go a long way in ensuring our sovereignty and strengthening socialism in the country.
South Korea said that N. Korea has not yet released the details of the nuclear test, but the jolt was recorded near the town Kilju, where the earlier test was conducted in 2006.
Meanwhile, Japan declared it would respond to North Korea`s nuclear test "in a responsible fashion" at the United Nations, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Vietnam.
"We are now aware of the news that the DPRK (North Korea) conducted a nuclear test for the second time, so we are certainly going to respond in a very responsible manner," said Kazuo Kodama, a spokesman for Japan`s foreign ministry. "Definitely we are going to respond, we have to, at the U.N. Security Council."