Britain summons North Korean ambassador over nuclear test

The director of Taiwan's Seismology Center points to the locations  showing North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test site.
The director of Taiwan's Seismology Center points to the locations showing North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test site.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Britain summoned the North Korean ambassador in London on Thursday (Jan 7), the Foreign Office said, after Pyongyang's latest nuclear test drew international condemnation.

"I summoned North Korea's Ambassador today to stress in the strongest terms the UK's condemnation of their nuclear test," Asia minister Hugo Swire said in a Foreign Office statement.

He added that Britain supported a UN Security Council (UNSC) agreement to draw up new sanctions against the reclusive state and called the test a "clear violation" of UNSC resolutions.

"I call on the North Korean regime to act in the best interests of its people and to choose the path which will genuinely benefit them," Swire said.

"Amid reports of widespread hardship and human rights abuses, the priority must be the health and welfare of North Korean people."