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Prague denounces North Korea's nuclear test

13 February 2013

Prague, Feb 12 (CTK) - The Czech Foreign Ministry yesterday emphatically denounced North Korea's third nuclear test, saying it seriously threatens peace and stability in the region and is at variance with international commitments and U.N. Security Council resolutions.

"The conducting of the nuclear test is a most irresponsible and deplorable act that seriously threatens stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the whole region," the ministry says in a statement sent to CTK.

The ministry called on North Korea to immediately observe all resolutions.

Czech shadow foreign ministry Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) said he considers North Korea's test just another "almost tiring" attempt at attracting international attention.

Zaoralek said it was an old game and the test seemed to be no indication of a worsening situation in the region. On the contrary, there are signals indicating that the new North Korean leadership may move towards a certain opening of the regime.

"It still believe there is a chance of the ice shell melting in North Korea," Zaoralek said.

Shortly before Pyongyang officially confirmed the test, South Korea announced the launch of a nuclear bomb by its communist neighbour.

South Korea has convoked an extraordinary meeting of the U.N. Security Council at 15:00 CET yesterday.

The South Korean news agency Yonhap wrote that North Korea informed beforehand China and the United States about the test on Monday.

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