World leaders have been responding to North Korea claim that it has successfully tested a powerful hydrogen bomb. Pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen bomb, a device much more powerful than an atomic bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile, hours after seismologists detected an earth tremor.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the latest nuclear test, stating it is a “new dimension of provocation”. The German government said in a statement that Merkel and Macron agreed North Korea was violating international law and that the international community must react decisively. “In addition to the United Nations Security Council, the European Union also has to act now. The Chancellor and the President expressed their support for a tightening of EU sanctions against North Korea,” the statement said. The French leader said the international community “must treat this new provocation with the utmost firmness” to bring North Korea back to the path of dialogue and give up its nuclear and missile programs.
The U.S President Donald Trump has also condemned an apparent nuclear test by North Korea as “hostile and dangerous” after North Korea said it had performed a “perfect” explosion of its most powerful weapon. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” Mr Trump said in a tweet hours after the blast caused condemnation around the world.
“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,” he added.
Boris Johnson said “all options are on the table” after North Korea’s latest nuclear test, but warned that “none of the miliary options are good”.
The UK foreign secretary urged China to put tougher economic pressure on the Communist dictatorship to bring about a resolution to the escalating crisis on the Korean peninsula.
Earlier on Sunday, the North Korea government released photos showing Kim Jong-un looking at a silver device that was allegedly the hydrogen bomb, although this has not been verified.