3 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
World leaders have unanimously condemned North Korea for its latest missile test which was on Sunday.
U.S. President, Donald Trump, the European Union, the United Nations, Russia, Britain, France and other European countries were among those slamming North Korea’s latest missile experiment.
North Korea had announced through its state broadcasting outfit that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto a long-range missile.
President Trump reacted through his twitter handle stating that “North Korea has conducted a major test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.
“South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!
“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.”
On the other hand, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, described the test as a “major provocation” and “a grave threat to regional and international security.”
He also said that Pyongyang “must abandon its nuclear weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and immediately cease all related activities.”
Also reacting to the test, head of the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said the latest test is of “grave concern.”
He urged the country to heed U.N. demands to stop such testing.
French President, Emmanuel Macron, condemned the test in a written statement in which he called on “the members of the United Nations Security Council to quickly react to this new violation by North Korea of international law.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry also condemned it, stating that it “deserves the strongest condemnation.”
The North’s neighbours, China and South Korea have also condemned the test. Chinese Foreign Ministry says the Chinese government has “expressed firm opposition and strong condemnation” of the North’s test.
South Korea’s National Security Director, Chung Eui-yong said Sunday that President Moon Jae-in will seek every available diplomatic measure, including new sanctions from the United Nations Security Council, according to ABC news reports.
The test, according to ABC news reports, is the sixth and believed to be the largest.