N. Korean nuclear test 'very grave act': FM

9th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

GENEVA, Oct 9, 2006 (AFP) - North Korea's nuclear test is "a very grave act" that undermines international security, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday.

GENEVA, Oct 9, 2006 (AFP) - North Korea's nuclear test is "a very grave act" that undermines international security, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday.

Douste-Blazy called for a "firm response" from the international community, in a first reaction to the nuclear test as he arrived in Geneva for an unrelated meeting at the World Health Organisation.

North Korea's first controlled test explosion of a nuclear device announced on Sunday is "a very grave act for international security," he told AFP.

"The (UN) Security Council had warned North Korea on Friday, October 6."

"It is now up to the international community to react to this new situation and to come up with a firm response to Pyongyang: we will engage in consultations with other members of the United Nations Security Council and the countries in the region without delay," the French Foreign Minister added.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said the underground test was carried out Sunday safely and successfully and there was no radiation leak.

News of the test has triggered condemnation from major powers and prompted heightened vigilance on the demarcation line with South Korea.

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