MOSCOW (Sputnik) – International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said Wednesday that North Korea’s announcement of its nuclear bomb testing is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and is “deeply regrettable.”
“The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced today it had carried out a hydrogen bomb test. The DPRK’s nuclear test, if confirmed, is in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable,” Amano said in a statement obtained by Sputnik.
“The IAEA remains ready to contribute to the peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear issue by resuming its nuclear verification activities in the DPRK once a political agreement is reached among countries concerned,” Amano said.
Earlier on Wednesday, an earthquake occurred in South Korea, prompting Seoul's suspicions that Pyongyang had performed a nuclear test. North Korea subsequently confirmed that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.