PH deplores N. Korea nuclear test


Posted at Feb 12 2013 04:40 PM | Updated as of Feb 13 2013 12:40 AM

MANILA - The Philippines is adding its voice to a list of countries that have deplored North Korea’s surprise nuclear test on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the nuclear test, believed to have triggered a 4.9 magnitude seismic activity, violates several United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

“The Philippines joins its international partners in urging the DPRK to desist from continuing these acts of provocation and to abandon all nuclear weapons and programs, as committed to in the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement, in the interest of genuine confidence-building towards peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the Asia Pacific Region,” the DFA said.

North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defense ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site.

"We've been informed by the South Koreans that there's been a (North Korean) nuclear test," a U.N. Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

An international nuclear test monitoring agency said the location of the seismic event was "roughly congruent with" 2006 and 2008 tests carried out by the reclusive state and had "clear explosion-like characteristics".

North Korea, which had been threatening a third nuclear test, had informed Beijing and Washington on Monday of plans to undertake a test, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The isolated state, which is banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions from developing nuclear and missile technology, did not make any immediate comment. – with Agence France Presse