BEIJING, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- China "firmly" opposes the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a statement on Wednesday from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The ministry made the statement after the DPRK announced Wednesday that it has successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test.
"China is steadfast in its position that the Korean Peninsula should be denuclearized and nuclear proliferation be prevented to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced at a press briefing.
"We strongly urge the DPRK to honor its commitment to denuclearization, and to cease any action that may deteriorate the situation," Hua said.
The peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia meet the common interests of all concerned, Hua quoted the statement as saying.
China is determined to advance denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and settle the nuclear issue through the six-party talks, Hua said.
"The first H-bomb test was successfully conducted in the DPRK at 10:00 (0130 GMT) on Wednesday," the DPRK's state media KCNA said.
The DPRK's previous nuclear tests occurred in 2006, 2009 and 2013.
PYONGYANG, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea announced Wednesday that it has successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test.
The "total success" of the test, which took place at 10:00 a.m. Pyongyang time (0130 GMT), meant that the DPRK has "proudly joined the advanced ranks of nuclear weapons states possessed of even H-bomb," Pyongyang said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA. Full story
BEIJING, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced Wednesday that it has successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb explosion, the fourth nuclear test of the country. Following is a review of the country's previous nuclear tests. Full story
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government said Tuesday that it could not confirm that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had conducted a hydrogen bomb test, while vowing to respond appropriately to any "provocations."
"While we cannot confirm these claims at this time, we condemn any violation of UNSC (United Nations Security Council) resolutions and again call on North Korea to abide by its international obligations and commitments," White House National Security Council's spokesman Ned Price said in a statement issued late Tuesday. Full story