Brics leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear test

Brics leaders said in a joint statement that they are deeply concerned over the "ongoing tension and prolonged nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula".
Brics leaders said in a joint statement that they are deeply concerned over the "ongoing tension and prolonged nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula". PHOTO: AFP

XIAMEN, China (AFP) - The five-nation Brics grouping said on Monday (Sept 4) it "strongly deplores" North Korea's latest nuclear test, adding to global condemnation of Pyongyang.

"We strongly deplore the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK," the grouping said in a joint statement from its annual summit, using the acronym of North Korea's official name.

Brics is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and summit host China - North Korea's longtime patron.

"We express deep concern over the ongoing tension and prolonged nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula," said the declaration from the summit in the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen.

It added that Brics believes the issue "should only be settled through peaceful means and direct dialogue of all the parties concerned".

North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm with by far its most powerful nuclear blast to date. It claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted onto a long-range missile.

The North - which in July carried out two intercontinental ballistic missile launches that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range - has made rapid progress with its weapons programme, in defiance of seven sets of UN sanctions.