Any Pyongyang's Nuclear Activity Affects Russia's Security - Lawmaker

© REUTERS / James PearsonMissiles are taken on trucks past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang October 10, 2015
Missiles are taken on trucks past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang October 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Any activities of North Korea in the implementation of its nuclear program has an impact on Russia's national security, the head of the Russian upper house's international committee, Konstantin Kosachev, said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, South Korean media reported an earthquake near the North Korean nuclear facility. Seoul suspects that Pyongyang has performed a nuclear bomb test. Later, North Korea confirmed that it had indeed tested a hydrogen bomb, which it said was a success.

"The North Korean nuclear program is implemented by the state, which has a common border with Russia. It is less than 700 kilometers [some 430 miles] from Pyongyang to [Russia's far eastern city of] Vladivostok. And any activities of North Korea in this area directly affect our country's national security," Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page.

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He added that the nuclear test would contribute to the deterioration of interstate relations on the Korean Peninsula.

In 2005, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power, and has conducted at least three underground nuclear weapon tests since then, raising concerns both in the neighboring states and worldwide.

On December 10, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country had a hydrogen bomb and was ready to use it to "protect its sovereignty and national dignity."

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