MFA gravely concerned with N Korea's nuclear test announcement

File photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un standing on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167
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SINGAPORE - Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is gravely concerned by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) announcement that it has conducted a nuclear test on Jan 6, the ministry said in a press statement the same day.

MFA says that N Korea's move is a dangerous and provocative act with serious implications on the peace and stability of the region and the DPRK itself. It is also a clear breach of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The ministry said: "We strongly call upon the DPRK to desist from further such actions, and reiterate our long standing call for the DPRK to abide by its international obligations and commitments. Singapore intends to make its views known to the DPRK through its Ambassador in Singapore."

Earlier today, North Korea announced that it had succesfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test.

Its state television news reader announced: "The republic's first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10am on Jan 6, 2016, based on the strategic determination of the Workers' Party. With the perfect success of our historic H-bomb, we have joined the rank of advanced nuclear states."

The announcer added that the test was of a "miniaturised" device. Media reports say that the test was personally ordered by North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un, and comes two days shy of his birthday.