PARK GEUN-HYE, South Korean president:”It’s not only grave provocation of our national security, but also an act that threatens our lives and future. It’s also a direct challenge to world peace and stability.
“PHILIP HAMMOND, British foreign secretary:”If a nuclear device has been detonated by North Korea, this is a grave breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a provocation which I condemn without reservation.
“I have discussed this matter today in Beijing with my Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, and we have agreed to work with other members of the U.N. Security Council towards a robust international response.”
SHINZO ABE, Japanese prime minister:
“North Korea’s nuclear test this time is a major threat to our nation’s safety. This absolutely cannot be tolerated and we strongly condemn this act. … Going forward, our country, as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, will coordinate with the United States, South Korea, China and Russia to take resolute measures.”JULIE BISHOP, Australian foreign minister:
“Today’s nuclear test confirms North Korea’s status as a rogue state and a continuing threat to international peace and security