Israel joins condemnation of North Korea nuclear test

Israel on Tuesday joined international condemnation of last week’s North Korean nuclear test.

“Israel condemns North Korea’s nuclear test and joins the international community in expressing concern of the danger that this act poses regional stability and international peace and security,” a foreign ministry statement quoted by AFP said.

“A clear message must be sent (to North Korea) and to other countries that such activities are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”

Last week, Pyongyang announced it had tested a powerful nuclear device.

While North Korea claimed the test was of a hydrogen bomb, the United States expressed skepticism over that claim, saying that while the isolated country indeed carried out some sort of nuclear test, it was not likely a test of a hydrogen bomb.

Israel refuses to confirm or deny it has such weapons or to sign up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but foreign military sources say it has between 100 and 200 warheads and missiles capable of delivering them.

Arab states have accused Western countries of double standards on the nuclear issue by not putting Israel’s activities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while forcing Iran to honor its obligations under the NPT.

Those Arab countries have several times tried to pass a resolution expressing concern about Israel’s alleged nuclear arsenal in the IAEA, buthave been unsuccessful thus far.

Last year, Israel took part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference at the UN, for the first time in 20 years.