Kerry urged the North to freeze its nuclear program and return to the negotiating table.
On September 9, North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test.
According to the Huffington Post, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Beyung-se warned that North Korea had made significant progress in their developments of the nuclear bomb, despite United Nations sanctions.
However, given the fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test on September 9, following a series of ballistic missiles launches, Cho said he hoped Indonesia could play “a great role in solving this issue”. In March 2013, a statement by a spokesperson for North Korea’s foreign affairs issued a blatant warning to the U.S.
China has expressed anger with North Korea for its largest nuclear test to date, but has not said directly whether it will support tougher sanctions.
Pinkston said it should come as “no surprise” should Kim Jong Un’s regime go ahead with more tests, whatever the outcome of discussions within the United Nations Security Council on the application of even more sanctions.
North Korea says it’s ready to launch another attack against “provocations” by the United States.
Japan’s foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, also called on stronger pressure to be applied on Pyongyang through the U.N. Security Council “including further sanctions, as well as taking our measures respectively”.
“The latest test also emphasises the urgency for those states that have not yet done so‚ particularly those that possess nuclear weapons‚ to join the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty so as to facilitate its entry into force without any further delay”.
Cooperation from China is key to putting together any meaningful punishment for the North as it is one of the five veto-holding permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and the main provider of food and fuel to the impoverished North.
China, Pyongyang’s ally, has been pushing for re-starting the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program that would also involve the United States, Japan, Russia and South Korea.
“My view is that as North Korea acquires greater capabilities and greater confidence in those capabilities, they will seek ways to obtain benefits”, he said. Besides THAAD, the dispute in the South China Sea, cyber security and human rights have marred ties between the world’s two biggest economies.
But Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University and an authority on the North Korean leadership, believes there may be an element of bluff in the statements emerging from Pyongyang.
The commission further added that South Korea’s background radiation presently stands at the usual level of 50-300 nanosieverts per hour, obviously unaffected by North Korea’s nuclear test.