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    Russian, S Korean Diplomats Express Concern Over Pyongyang's H-Bomb Test

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    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and South Korean Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Hwang Joon-kook in a phone conversation expressed concern over an alleged hydrogen bomb test announced by Pyongyang, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Pyongyang claimed it had carried out the first test of a hydrogen bomb. The international community, including key nuclear powers, condemned Pyongyang's actions, having expressed concern over possible aggravation of the situation in the region.

    "Both sides expressed deep concern over the hydrogen bomb test announced by North Korean authorities. It is noted, that the North Korean action, aimed at development of its nuclear potential, severely violates corresponding UNSC resolutions. The sides emphasized the necessity of all the interested countries' joint efforts to prevent the growth of tension in Northeast Asia," the ministry said in a statement.

    In 2005, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power, and conducted several nuclear weapon tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, sparking concerns in the international community.

    The UN resolutions 1718 and 1814 urge Pyongyang to refrain from nuclear tests and reengage in talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.


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