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Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with Ho Ching – this year’s recipient of the prestigious Asian Business Leaders Award

Mr Swire made clear the UK’s condemnation of the DPRK’s actions, which breached several UN Security Council Resolutions….reports Asian Lite News

Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office  with Ho Ching – this year’s recipient of the prestigious Asian Business Leaders Award
Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with Ho Ching – this year’s recipient of the prestigious Asian Business Leaders Award (File)

British Minister Hugo Swire summoned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ambassador in London, Mr Hyon Hak Bong, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office following the reported nuclear test.

North Korea on Wednesday announced that it had successfully conducted its first test of a hydrogen bomb, the fourth nuclear test in total, which Pyongyang claimed was a perfect success. Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Pyongyang has become a “powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb”.

It was the first time that Kim publicly claimed the development of a hydrogen bomb, which is much more powerful than the conventional nuclear weapons.

Mr Swire made clear the UK’s condemnation of the DPRK’s actions, which breached several UN Security Council Resolutions.

Following the meeting, Asia Minister Hugo Swire said: “I summoned North Korea’s Ambassador today to stress in the strongest terms the UK’s condemnation of their nuclear test.

“This is a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, and the United Kingdom supports the resolve of the UN to implement further significant measures against the regime.

“Yesterday the UK and other members of the UN Security Council issued a statement strongly condemning the latest act as a clear threat to peace and security on the Korean peninsula and to international security. It is essential, as ever, that the international community is united in its approach and will work on such measures in a new Security Council resolution.

“I call on the North Korean regime to act in the best interests of its people and to choose the path the path which will genuinely benefit them. Amid reports of widespread hardship and human rights abuses, the priority must be the health and welfare of North Korean people.”

New UN Sanctions

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and US counterpart Barack Obama have agreed to push for strong UN resolutions over North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, Seoul officials said on Thursday.

Park and Obama spoke by phone for about 20 minutes, sharing views that North Korea should pay a corresponding price for its nuclear test while agreeing to maintain close cooperation in adopting strong resolutions in the UN rapidly, Xinhua news agency reported.

Obama stressed the need for the strongest and the most comprehensive sanctions against Pyongyang, according to the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Obama vowed to take all necessary measures to defend the safety of South Korea, saying that its commitment to the defence of its ally is unflappable.

In response, Park appreciated Obama reaffirming Washington’s defence commitment and expressing its strong will to tackle Pyongyang’s nuclear test, saying that she anticipates close cooperation with the US at the UN Security Council.

Park and Obama agreed to address North Korea’s nuclear issue with the most urgency and robust will, sharing views that North Korea’s nuclear test should be tackled in cooperation with Japan and China.

Seoul’s foreign ministry said earlier Thursday that South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se and his US counterpart John Kerry had a phone conversation overnight to discuss countermeasures following North Korea’s nuclear test.