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MIKTA countries voice 'grave' concern over N.K. nuke test, urge full compliance with resolutions

2017/09/07 11:33

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SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and its four middle-power partners have expressed "grave" concern over North Korea's recent nuclear test, the foreign ministry here said Thursday.

The foreign ministers of MIKTA, a cooperative group of South Korea, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and Australia, also called on the North to fully comply with the relevant U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolutions in a joint statement issued Wednesday.

"We, the Foreign Ministers of Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA), express grave concern over the sixth nuclear test," said the statement sent by the ministry.

"The recent nuclear test following the launch of ICBM-class ballistic missiles, and all those preceding it, is not only a clear violation of DPRK's obligations under the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions but a grave and serious challenge to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and to the international community," it added.

DPRK is short for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sunday, claiming that it detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. Experts say that the explosion was around five to six times more powerful than the previous one, which was carried out in September last year.

The UNSC is currently discussing sanctions against the North that will be tougher than those in the resolutions that have been adopted in the wake of the North's previous nuclear and missile provocations.

"We strongly urge the DPRK to immediately and fully comply with all its international obligations including by implementing related U.N. Security Council Resolutions," the statement said.

"All parties stand to benefit from the creation and maintenance of international peace and stability, particularly by attaining denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," it added.

It is the group's fourth joint statement against the North since it was launched in 2013.

kokobj@yna.co.kr

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