Tuesday, 12th February 2013
In General Japan News,
Japan holds security meeting following North Korea nuclear test
Japanese officials will hold a national security council meeting after a third nuclear test was carried out by North Korea.
Reports of seismic activity in the country led to state-run news agency KCNA stating that the experiment was "carried out at a high level in a safe and perfect manner using a miniaturised and lighter nuclear device".
Unsurprisingly, the move has been condemned by a number of important foreign figures, including UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and US president Barack Obama.
Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan warned: "[The test] is a grave threat to the safety of our country and a serious challenge against the global framework of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
"It cannot be tolerated, as it will significantly damage safety and peace in north-east Asia and the international community."
China's foreign ministry also made its position clear, adding that it was the country's stance to "realise non-nuclearisation for the Korean peninsula".
Written by Mark Smith