US, Russia, China Unite Against North Korea Hydrogen Bomb Test
The North Korea Hydrogen Bomb Test united United States, Russia and China that are normally in standoff about their respective foreign policies. The three countries that have been in friction for the past years were one in saying that the test breached international peace resolutions.
The White House condemned North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test as provocative and a flagrant violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. China and Russia were of the same opinion.
Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed China’s objection of North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said the country is adamant that the Korean Peninsula should be denuclearized. “Nuclear proliferation should be prevented to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia,” the spokesperson said as quoted by Xinhua.
Russia on the other hand condemned the testing as violation of international law and responsibility. “Russia condemns these tests as it is a clear violation of international law,” Russia’s envoy to international organizations, Vladimir Voronkov, was quoted as saying by the Sputnik International.
White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said that it is highly notable that the government’s sentiments are echoed by Russia and China “with whom we don’t always agree.” If there is something good that can be taken out of the chilling reality that North Korea tested a nuclear bomb, it is that U.S. has finally saw China and Russia eye to eye on the matter, the secretary said. “I think that is an indication that the interest of the United States can be successfully advanced through principled, focused, tenacious, diplomatic engagement,” he told a press briefing.
President Barack Obama meanwhile spoke by phone with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The three leaders condemned the North Korea Hydrogen Bomb Test. All agreed that North Korea’s actions constitute yet another violation of its obligations and commitments under international law.
Mr. Obama reaffirmed the country’s staunch commitment to the security of Kapan and South Korea. The three leaders agreed to work together to forge a united and strong international response to North Korea’s provocative move.