Posted on Sep 03, 2017
In a joint statement, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron have branded the latest nuclear test by North Korea a "new dimension of provocation" and said that the EU and the UN security council must respond.
The test detonation, which was North Korea's sixth, was by far the largest yet, causing a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that was felt as far away as Russia. Seismologists calculated the bomb to be eight times more powerful than that which destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945, which would place its destructive power at roughly one megaton - the equivalent of one million tons of high explosive.
Absolutely unacceptable. North Korea's nuclear and missile development programme is a threat that is more grave and urgent to the safety of our country and has entered a new stage. It is significantly hurting regional and international peace and stability.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned "The distance between North Korea and Seoul is very very small - they could basically vaporise large parts of the South Korean population."
US President Donald Trump tweeted "North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success."
However many commentators speculate that China, along with Russia, is in fact the agent provocateur in this crisis, and is encouraging Kim Yong-Un in his crazed ambitions. There is also speculation that Russia has supplied North Korea with the nuclear technology it requires to develop its nuclear ballistic missile programme.
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