North Korea’s ambassador to Germany will probably be summoned for talks after Pyongyang conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on Friday, a spokesman for the German foreign ministry said.
Asked if the ambassador would be summoned, Martin Schaefer told a regular government news conference: “You can expect that.” Berlin condemned the nuclear test, especially because it was not the only provocation from North Korea this year, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
The blast, that occured after the nuclear test, was more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. North Korea said that it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile. Its most powerful explosion to date follows a test in January that prompted the UN Security Council to impose tightened sanctions that increased North Korea’s isolation but failed to prevent it from accelerating weapons development.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, in Laos after a summit of Asian leaders ended there on Thursday, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was showing “maniacal recklessness” in completely ignoring the world’s call to abandon his pursuit of nuclear weapons. US President Barack Obama, aboard Air Force One on his way home from Laos, said the test would be met with “serious consequences” and held talks with Park and with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the White House said.
China, North Korea’s only major diplomatic ally, said it was resolutely opposed to the test and urged Pyongyang to stop taking any actions that would worsen the situation. North Korea, which labels the South and the United States as its main enemies, said its “scientists and technicians carried out a nuclear explosion test for the judgment of the power of a nuclear warhead,” according to a report from its official KCNA news agency.
North Korea said the test proved it is capable of mounting a nuclear warhead on a medium-range ballistic missile, which it last tested on Monday when Obama and other world leaders were gathered in China for a G20 summit.