Obama rebukes North Korea over test, calls for international response
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that North Korea's "provocative" nuclear test did not make it more secure and called for "swift" and "credible" international action in response.
Mr Obama also vowed in a written statement that Washington would remain vigilant in the face of the underground detonation by the Stalinist state and steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies in Asia.
"These provocations do not make North Korea more secure," Mr Obama said.
"Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, North Korea has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery."