Foreign Affairs

Hungary “Resolutely Condemns” North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Test

In a press release published today, the Hungarian government expressed its condemnation of North Korea’s recent testing of a hydrogen bomb on Sunday. In particular, the government said that it “resolutely condemns resolutely condemns the North Korean communist leadership’s newest grave provocation.”

The nuclear weapons test is North Korea’s sixth; and, as CNN points out, this latest weapon

was the most powerful North Korea has tested to date, with separate estimates putting the explosive yield at 50 or 120 kilotons. To put that in context, the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 — which instantly killed 80,000 people — created a yield of 15 kilotons.

This provocation has led to condemnation and American warnings of a “massive military response” if North Korea attempts to threaten the United States. Tensions between the two countries have been growing over the summer, as North Korea has continued to launch missiles, including over Japan.

Hungarian Response

In a press release, Hungary, a member of the NATO alliance and an ally of the US, condemned North Korea’s nuclear test, and called on the East-Asia nation to

stop all provocations, to dismantle its nuclear program and to return without delay to the Six-Party Talks, which can lead to a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and enduring settlement on the Korean peninsula.

You can read the government’s statement in its entirety below:

The Government of Hungary condemns in the strongest possible terms the sixth nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 3 September 2017 in blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community. North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and reckless provocations constitute the gravest threat to global safety and security today.

All nations should take a strong public stance against North Korea by maintaining and strengthening UN sanctions to ensure North Korea will face consequences for its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. We must increase diplomatic and economic pressure on the North Korean leadership to abandon their plans that threaten regional and global peace.

With its Asian strategic partners and Western allies, the Hungarian Government calls upon Pyongyang to stop all provocations, to dismantle its nuclear program and to return without delay to the Six-Party Talks, which can lead to a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and enduring settlement on the Korean peninsula. It is the firm position of the Hungarian Government that North Korea must not be recognized as a nuclear power under any circumstances.

Via kormany.hu, CNN, and the Atlantic

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