India condemns North Korea’s nuclear test (Lead)May 25th, 2009 - 1:26 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) India Monday condemned North Korea’s nuclear test as unfortunate and described it as a development of serious concern for the entire world.
“We’ve heard the claims of North Korea that they’ve carried nuclear test on May 25. This is in violation of its international commitments. It’s unfortunate. We are concerned at the adverse impact it will have on security in the region,” S.M. Krishna said soon after taking charge as external affairs minister.
India’s Defence Minister A.K. Antony also spoke out against the nuclear test by North Korea.
“It is a development of serious concern… India is against nuclear proliferation,” Antony said just after resuming office as defence minister.
“The development is of concern for not only India but to the world,” he added.
North Korea sent shock waves around the world by conducting a second nuclear explosion defying world opinion.
On Monday, it announced that it had “successfully” conducted a nuclear test.
“According to the demand of our scientists and technicians, our republic has successfully conducted another underground nuclear test on May 25… as part of measures to strengthen its nuclear power in self-defence,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
Following the nuclear test, there were reports that North Korea had also test-fired a missile the same day.