The Russian foreign Ministry: if the test of the DPRK is confirmed, this would constitute a violation of international law

The Russian foreign Ministry: if the test of the DPRK is confirmed, this would constitute a violation of international law


MOSCOW, January 6. If the test of the DPRK is confirmed, it will become a new step of Pyongyang towards the development of nuclear weapons, in flagrant violation of international law and relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

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This is stated in the commentary official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“Such actions fraught with aggravation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is already characterized by a very high potential of military-political confrontation”, – said in comments.

According to Zakharova, Russia has carefully studied the statement of the DPRK on the successful test of a hydrogen bomb and analyze the data of technical control.
“In this situation, we encourage all interested parties to maintain maximum restraint and not to take actions that can cause an uncontrolled increase in tension in northeast Asia,” she said.

The commentary also notes that the Russian foreign Ministry reaffirmed “the position in favor of a diplomatic solution to the problems of the Korean Peninsula through the six-party negotiating process and the early start of dialogue aimed at developing a reliable system of peace and security in the region”.

To keep restraint

Moscow in connection with the testing of hydrogen bombs in the DPRK calls upon all concerned parties to maintain maximum restraint and not to take actions that can cause uncontrolled increase of tension in northeast Asia, said in comments to the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry.

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“We reaffirm our position in favor of a diplomatic solution to the problems of the Korean Peninsula through the six-party negotiating process and the early start of dialogue aimed at developing a reliable system of peace and security in the region”, – said Zakharov.

The test of a hydrogen bomb in North Korea

Earlier Pyongyang announced the successful test of a hydrogen bomb. As stated in the government statement released by the TV news Agency KCNA, the test “has not had a negative impact on the environment”.

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It was held at 10:00 local time (04:30 GMT) “in accordance with the strategic direction of the workers ‘party of Korea”. As a result of the DPRK “began to possess the most powerful nuclear deterrence forces”, the statement stresses.

About the DPRK’s own hydrogen bomb was referred to by 10 December, the country’s leader Kim Jong-UN. “We were able to become a great nuclear power, capable of protecting independence and national dignity of our country power beats nuclear and hydrogen bombs”, – he said during visiting an arms factory in Pyongyang.
In recent years the DPRK has conducted three nuclear tests: 2006, 2009 and 2013 In response, the UN Security Council has imposed on Pyongyang’s various sanctions.

Nuclear test, North Korea

North Korea, having joined in 1974, the IAEA and signed the 1985 Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT), refused his production and agreed to IAEA inspections. In 1992, the DPRK and the IAEA signed an agreement on measures to control nuclear facilities (the safeguards agreement).

In 1993-1994 and 2002-2003 have any crises related to the implementation of the obligations of the DPRK under the NPT and the safeguards agreement of the IAEA – North Korea did not allow inspections by the IAEA and Western countries have accused Pyongyang of developing nuclear programs. As a result, the DPRK withdrew from IAEA (1994) and the NPT (2003) and resumed its nuclear program.

In connection with the nuclear test that North Korea conducted in 2006, 2009 and 2013, and the launch in 2012 of the booster, which many countries regarded as the test of a ballistic missile, the UN security Council imposed a series of sanctions (resolution 1718, 1874, 2087, 2094). They include embargoes on the supply to DPRK of arms, materials and equipment that can be used for the implementation of programmes related to nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, provide for control of the diplomatic staff of the DPRK abroad, as well as for the goods, relevant to this country, impose a ban on banking transactions, etc. restrictive measures.