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India concerned at North Korea's nuclear test

Posted on Feb 13, 10:28AM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 12 : India today expressed concern at the nuclear test conducted by North Korea in violation of international commitments and called upon Pyongyang to refrain from actions adversely affecting peace and stability in the region.

The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that reports indicated that the Democratic Peoplea¬Euro¬ôs Republic of Korea (DPRK) had conducted a nuclear test today.

''It is a matter of deep concern that DPRK has acted in violation of its international commitments in this regard. We call upon DPRK to refrain from such actions which adversely impact on peace and stability in the region,'' the statement said.

Earlier today, North Korea said it had conducted a ''successful'' third underground nuclear test and a
''miniaturised'' nuclear device had been detonated
successfully at the test site.

The first two tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009. The 2009 test had resulted in tighter sanctions by the UN Security Council.

The United Nations also condemned the test with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describing it as ''a clear and grave violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions''.

''It is deplorable that Pyongyang defied the strong and unequivocal call from the international community to refrain from any further provocative measures,'' he said in a statement, a senior official of the UN office here said.