Nordic foreign ministers have spoken out in condemnation of North Korea’s Sunday nuclear weapons test on home soil.
Ossur Skarphedinsson, Iceland’s foreign Minister said that the Icelandic government is unsympathetic towards all use of nuclear weapons and has been working to reduce their use globally.
“North Korea’s action has been severely criticised all over the world; and I think it’s a really bad sign that at the same time that others are trying to reduce their nuclear weapons stocks, this poverty stricken country is investing huge sums in developing theirs – money that would be better spent feeding the many North Koreans who live with hunger,” the Foreign Minister told Morgunbladid.
This weekend’s nuclear tests are said to be some 20-times more powerful than North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006.
Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Store also criticised the tests, while Jan Egeland, Director of the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI), told NRK: “North Korea’s irrational leadership is gambling with its whole population”.
Sweden’s Foreign Minister was equally scathing. Carl Bildt told The Local: “There is every reason to fear that efforts to combat the growing economic and social problems in North Korea will now become even more difficult”.
An emergency session of the UN Security Council has been called by Russia, which currently holds the rotating presidency.