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DPRK nuclear test threatens regional security: Belarus FM

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 09:46, September 10, 2016

Belarus Foreign Ministry on Friday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to avoid actions that lead to increased tensions in the region.

The DPRK's state-run television reported early Friday that the country had conducted a nuclear warhead explosion test, the country's fifth one.

Following the nuclear test, Belarus Foreign Ministry called on the DPRK to return to the negotiation table and join the major international instruments in the field of nuclear non-proliferation.

"Another nuclear test conducted by DPRK violates both international law and the provisions of a number of UN Security Council resolutions. Such actions are a threat to security and stability not only in Northeast Asia but also the world as a whole," the press service of Belarus Foreign Ministry said.

Sustainable peace and stability can be achieved only through dialogue and mutual respect, the ministry stressed.

In January, the DPRK carried out a test of what it called its first H-bomb. It also conducted underground nuclear tests respectively in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

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