Korean nuclear test “condemned” by Russia and South Africa


South Africa and Russia have condemned the latest nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Both countries called on the DPRK to follow the requirements of the UN Security Council after that country’s latest nuclear test, with the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation saying the test was “a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions”.

The nuclear test, which the DPRK claimed was successful, was conducted at 11:57am local time (0257 GMT) in that country’s Kilju County, North Hamkyung Province.

The blast triggered an artificial earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 detected in the town where the DPRK nuclear test facility is located.

Both Pretoria and Moscow said the DPRK’s nuclear test constituted a threat to lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula, to regional and international security and stability in North-East Asia.

This emerged during a meeting between International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media after their meeting, Nkoana-Mashabane said the DPRK should completely drop its nuclear programme and return to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Nkoana-Mashabane said government was convinced nuclear weapons threatened the total annihilation of humanity and were not a source of security.

Speaking through an interpreter, Lavrov said by conducting the new tests, the DPRK has again ignored and disregarded the UN Security Council decisions.
“Such behaviour is inconsistent and obviously deserves condemnation,” Lavrov said.