Chinese gov't "resolutely opposes" DPRK's nuclear test
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China was resolutely opposed to the nuclear test by the DPRK, Foreign Ministry said Monday.
DPRK announced it successfully conducted an underground nuclear test on Monday.
The statement demanded DPRK live up to its commitment to non-nuclearization on Korean Peninsula.

    BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) -- China was resolutely opposed to the nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Foreign Ministry said here in a statement Monday.

    According to a report by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the DPRK announced it successfully conducted an underground nuclear test on Monday.

    "The DPRK ignored universal opposition of the international community and once more conducted the nuclear test. The Chinese government is resolutely opposed to it," the statement said.

    It has been the firm and consistent stance of the Chinese government to achieve non-nuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and oppose proliferation of nuclear weapons in an effort to maintain peace and stability in northeast Asia, the statement stressed.

    The statement voiced a strong demand that the DPRK live up to its commitment to non-nuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, stop any activity that might worsen the situation and return to the track of the six-party talks.

    The statement noted that maintaining peace and stability in northeast Asia region conformed to the common interests of all parties concerned, called for a calm response from all parties concerned and urged them to pursue peaceful resolution of the issue through consultation and dialogue.

    China would continue its unremitting efforts to this end, the statement added.

    According to a statement released by the KCNA, the DPRK government said the test was "part of [its] measures to bolster its nuclear deterrent for self-defense in every way, as requested by its scientists and technicians."

    The brief statement gave no details about the test, including its location.

    Officials in the Republic of Korea said earlier Monday that an "artificial earthquake" was detected near the northeastern town of Kilju, about 10 km from the site where the DPRK staged its first nuclear test in October 2006.

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    PYONGYANG, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Monday it has successfully conducted "one more" underground nuclear test earlier in the day.

    In a statement released by the official news agency KCNA, the DPRK government said the test was "part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way as requested by its scientists and technicians."  Full story

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    WASHINGTON, May 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that the nuclear test and the short-range missile launch conducted by the DPRK on Monday were "of grave concern to all nations."

    In a statement, Obama said Pyongyang "is directly and recklessly challenging the international community," and the new move "increases tensions and undermines stability in Northeast Asia."  Full story

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    WASHINGTON, May 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday accused the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of" recklessly challenging the international community" with its latest underground nuclear test.

    "The danger posed by North Korea (DPRK)'s threatening activities warrants action by the international community," Obama said in a statement.  Full story

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    MOSCOW, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed Monday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted an underground nuclear test earlier in the day, Russian news agencies reported.

    "Yes, indeed, our national facilities fixed the fact of a nuclear test in North Korea. Now we are analyzing data on the test. The power of the nuclear explosion is being specified," the Itar-Tass news agency reported citing a defense ministry source.   Full story

FM: Russia urges DPRK to demonstrate responsibility

    MOSCOW, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Russia urges the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to demonstrate responsibility, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on Monday.

    The ministry said in a statement that the nuclear problem on Korean peninsula can only be solved through six-party talks.  Full story

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    Kodama made the remarks to Xinhua reporter at a working lunch on the sideline of the 9th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).  Full story

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    Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said that the DPRK's nuclear test is not to be tolerated.

    And Japan will take decisive measures, the top government spokesman added.  Full story

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   The agreement was reached at a meeting held between South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and his Japanese counterpart Hirofumi Nakasone in Hanoi, Vietnam on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).  Full story

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    LONDON, May 25 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown condemned "in the strongest terms" a new nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday.

    Brown said "this act will undermine prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula and will do nothing for North Korea's security."  Full story

Germany condemns DPRK's nuclear test

    BERLIN, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The German government on Monday condemned the latest nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying it was a provocation.

    In a statement read out by Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner here in Berlin, the German government accused the test of violating relevant resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and posing a threat to the peace and stability in the region.  Full story

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    Earlier in the day South Korea's presidential office said it has been reported of an "artificial earthquake" in the DPRK, seemingly caused by a nuclear test.   Full story

India voices deep concern over DPRK nuclear test

    NEW DELHI, May 25 (Xinhua) -- India Monday voiced deep concern over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's underground nuclear test, saying New Delhi is against "nuclear proliferation".

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    According to CTBTO's statement released on Monday, Ambassador Shannon said that DPRK's nuclear test is "a clear challenge to the international community's efforts to advance global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation."  Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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