North Korea's nuclear test act of self-destruction, unacceptable: South Korea prez

Seoul: On Friday, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as an act of "self-destruction" that will further deepen its isolation in the international community.

The impoverished but nuclear-armed North staged its fifth nuclear test this morning, she said in a statement, describing it as a "grave challenge" to the international community.

"With the nuclear test, Kim Jong-Un's regime will only earn more sanctions and isolation... and such provocation will further accelerate its path to self-destruction," she said, referring to the North's young ruler.

The latest nuclear test — described as the North's most powerful to date by Seoul's military — proves Kim's "manic recklessness" and his obsession with building a nuclear arsenal despite global criticism, she added.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

In Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday called North Korea's latest nuclear test "absolutely unacceptable".

"North Korea's carrying out of a nuclear test is absolutely unacceptable for Japan," Abe said in a statement, after Pyongyang conducted its fifth nuclear test, believed to be its most powerful to date.

"North Korea's nuclear development is becoming a graver threat to Japan's safety and severely undermines the peace and safety of the region and the international community," Abe said.

"Japan lodges a serious protest against North Korea and condemns it in the strongest language," he added.

Updated Date: Sep 09, 2016 11:12 AM

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