Countries around the world have been reacting to North Korea's announcement that it plans to carry out a nuclear test. The North Korean Foreign Ministry statement gave no date for the test.
US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE
"It would be a very provocative act by the North Koreans... A North Korean nuclear test would... create a
qualitatively different situation on the Korean peninsula."
CHINESE UN ENVOY WANG GUANGYA
"If the six-party talks cannot do anything about it, I don't think the [Security] Council is in a [position] to do it."
SPOKESMAN FOR UN SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN
The Secretary-General shares the global concern regarding the declared intention by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to conduct a nuclear test in the future.
Such action, if undertaken, would further aggravate tensions in the region. It would bring universal condemnation by the international community and will not help DPRK achieve the goals expressed in its statement, particularly with regard to strengthening its security.
SOUTH KOREAN UNIFICATION MINISTRY SPOKESMAN YANG CHANG-SEOK
"This poses a grave threat to peace on the Korean peninsula and it will have a decisively negative impact on inter-Korean relations.
"We express deep regret and concern."
JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER TARO ASO
"It would be a threat to peace that is absolutely unforgivable. Our response will be severe. This is more serious than the North's missile tests.
"In the past, the country has done what it had said earlier. So I think it would be wrong automatically to think the country will not do this."
RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV
"We are working with Pyongyang in order that it exercises restraint and in order to prevent hasty steps.
"For the moment, direct contacts between the United States and North Korea are needed.
"It is not the first time that we've heard this kind of announcement, but for the most part these announcements have not been confirmed."
UK FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN
"A missile test launch would be viewed by the United Kingdom and the rest of the international community as a highly provocative act with serious consequences for the DPRK (North Korea).
"It would raise tensions in an already tense region and have repercussions internationally."
FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN JEAN-BAPTISTE MATTEI
"We are very worried by this announcement. We ask that it renounce this project."