Foreign Minister Murray McCully says North Korea’s nuclear test on 9 September was a dangerous affront to the international community and a serious threat to regional security.

“This latest nuclear test is highly provocative and deeply concerning, especially as it comes on the back of a series of ballistic missile launches by North Korea recently” Mr McCully said.

“This is the fifth nuclear test conducted by North Korea, and it directly defies the UN Security Council which has demanded that North Korea stop nuclear testing.

The full statement can be viewed on the Beehive website here (external link).