Russia has condemned North Korea’s test of a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, but said it was premature to discuss any new sanctions against the isolated country.
“Actions of Pyongyang that it thinks will lead to recognizing its nuclear status are unacceptable for us,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said by telephone in Xiamen, where the leaders of Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa are meeting.
“We are still convinced that the problem of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be solved only through dialog.”
He also said it’s “premature” to talk about imposing new sanctions against North Korea.
The government in Pyongyang said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, with “unprecedentedly big power,” that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, in its first nuclear test since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January. Trump has threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” in response to its recent missile tests.
Germany, France and U.S have all condemned North Korea Sunday action describing the nuclear test claim as unacceptable and calling on the United Nations to take possible action to put an end to North Korea threat.