Singapore 'gravely concerned' by North Korea's nuclear test: MFA

A man watches a television screen showing a news broadcast on North Korea's nuclear test in Seoul  Jan 6, 2015.
A man watches a television screen showing a news broadcast on North Korea's nuclear test in Seoul Jan 6, 2015.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - Singapore on Wednesday (Jan 6) said it was 'gravely concerned' by North Korea's announcement that it had conducted a nuclear test, calling it a dangerous and provocative act.

In a press statement, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Pyongyang's claim on Wednesday (Jan 6) that it had successfully tested a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear bomb had also clearly breached United Nations Security Council resolutions.

"Singapore is gravely concerned by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) announcement that it has conducted a nuclear test on 6 January 2016," the statement said, referring to the North by its official name. "This is a dangerous and provocative act with serious implications on the peace and stability of the region and the DPRK itself."

 

"It is also a clear breach of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions," the statement added. " We strongly call upon the DPRK to desist from further such actions, and reiterate our long standing call for the DPRK to abide by its international obligations and commitments."

Singapore also intends to "make its views known to the DPRK through its Ambassador in Singapore", the statement said.