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SA condemns North Korea nuclear test

2013-02-12 21:38

Johannesburg - The South African government condemned the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea, the department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) said on Tuesday.

"Since the announcement by the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] in February 2005 that it had developed a nuclear weapon [of] deterrent capability, South Africa has consistently called on the DPRK to verifiably dismantle any nuclear weapons," Dirco said in a statement.

"[It also called for DPRK to] return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) without delay, place all its facilities under comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verification, and to contribute through strengthened confidence-building measures to global nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation."

On Tuesday, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in the remote north-east, the Associated Press reported.

This was reportedly a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States.

North Korea made clear that its third atomic test was a warning to what it considers a hostile United States.

Its actions drew immediate condemnation from Washington, the United Nations, and others. Even its only major ally, China, voiced opposition, AP reported.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said: "South Africa believes that it is a prerequisite for peace and security in the region that the DPRK, as a confidence building measure, verifiably proves to the international community that it has permanently and fully dismantled any nuclear weapons.

"South Africa continues to urge all parties involved to avoid any actions that could exacerbate the volatile situation in the region."

Comments
  • bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-12 21:46

    You will turn the terrorist Kim Jong Ils gaze upon us! Fools

      peter.engelbret - 2013-02-12 23:08

      Find any country that did not condemn North Korea

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-12 23:19

      Zimbabwe

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-12 23:19

      United kingdowm

      Holdanigono - 2013-02-13 06:43

      DO you read Bafana? The UK were one of the first to criticize.

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-13 08:13

      Ireland is not the uk!

      DSBennie - 2013-02-13 09:16

      Northern Ireland is part of the UK, and as far as the Republic of Ireland http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/gilmore-condemns-north-korea-test-584481.html

  • lybon1 - 2013-02-12 21:47

    Coz the U.S will spank us if we dnt condemn n.k

  • george.goodes - 2013-02-12 21:51

    And so the computer game , Homefront , is coming true .

      nu_un_clear - 2013-02-12 22:16

      Cool game

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-02-12 22:02

    And north Korea will tremble with fear when SA condemns this act...

      heinrich.nel.35 - 2013-02-13 08:18

      does our uninformed government even know what "nuclear test" means? Not that Im questioning their intelligence (which most of us do on a continual basis), but Im not sure whether their have been any strides towards technological progress on the African continent, except maybe the importing of the Iphone 5. . .has anyone ever heard of an "African space program" before? Im just saying

      heinrich.nel.35 - 2013-02-13 08:19

      *there

      heinrich.nel.35 - 2013-02-13 08:20

      and no, Mark Shuttleworth (one person) doesnt qualify as a "space program"

      patrick.mampane - 2013-02-13 15:04

      Are planning to start THE program Herr Heinrich Himmler?

  • John - 2013-02-12 22:12

    Did North Korea CONTRACT with the United Nations or the U.S.A.? I don't think so!

      DSBennie - 2013-02-13 09:17

      Yes they did, its called the non-proliferation treaty

  • willie.olivier.144 - 2013-02-12 22:13

    I thought the ANC are friends with North Korea?

      nu_un_clear - 2013-02-12 22:17

      The ANC sure strives to rule like them...

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2013-02-12 23:05

    Why SA worried about what NK is doing? Who SA trying to impress? We have our own issues to deal with. Government must focus on SAfrican problems. Let the USA bully NK like they do the rest of the world.

  • moyahabo.lekolwana - 2013-02-12 23:26

    Whoever issued this statement! Nxa sies Nna ska la nyako'r bolaisha, what if The North Koreans might want to make an example with us! No no no this is big Big boys Play.. Shut up or you be singing shosholoza, an Nkosi sikelela Turning into something like Jelly/Ice cream or Something, SHUT-UP PLEASE!!! Ha bo le Fiega ga o lliwi!!!!

  • Jason Lok - 2013-02-12 23:44

    its obvious who the gov is tryin to impress. NK I salute u , do not b bullied by the evil West esp those rascals.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-13 09:16

      Yes the west is terrible, I mean they actually feed their people!

  • MoshKaDeph - 2013-02-12 23:58

    Lol...lol... Rolling on floor lol...what does SA know about nuclear? They should talk about lightnings that kills people in SA...lol

      tommo.too - 2013-02-13 00:04

      We had nuclear weapons once. And we're the only country in the world that got rid of them

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-13 03:05

      That's because the Nats didn't want nuclear weapons to fall in the hands of the ANC

  • Drue0204 - 2013-02-13 02:00

    If NK is allowed to go on with producing Nuclear weapons then we should be prepared for world war III

  • Rushana Ahmed - 2013-02-13 06:21

    why should they listen to our gov when they dont listen to their own people

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-02-13 06:35

    Huh? Does the toothless dog (anc) really think that North Korea gives a damn about their condemnation? It is funny, one communist condemning another!

  • Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-02-13 06:47

    Funny how the world condems NK with less than ten total nuclear warheads when the US has 7700 total warheads of which 2120 are still in service and can be rapidly deployed via nuclear submarines with intercontinental capabilities. And Russia isn't that far behind. The US should be the first country to stop nagging about nuclear proliforation since they are at the forefront of it. Hahaha, and as if NK gives a damn of what the mighty Africa has to say on the subject, we couldn't even succeed in invading Lesotho in 1998.

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-02-13 08:02

      You comparing apples to a fax machine

      DSBennie - 2013-02-13 09:23

      Err, get your facts straight, the 5 powers that have weapons are slowly getting rid of them, the US in fact in 2012 only had 4654 weapons, down from 31000+ in 1965 and is expected to drop by more than 1000 in 10 years. Russia has 8,500, down from 17000 in 2005 and 39000 in 1985. UK, China and France are also expected to have massive cuts in their arsenals in the next ten years

  • Joe FS ZA - 2013-02-13 06:55

    ANC is looking at other country's problems and hoping that our own will dissapear. Leave NK to solve their own problems. if ANC is a peoples party, then let them solve our problems first.

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2013-02-13 07:05

    Tooth less puppy with tail btwn its legs(SA) and Saber toothed tiger(NKPR). Arg! Julius granny telling the ANC what they did with her grand son is wrong...#phrrr. Talk of lightnings, rape, etc.

  • petr.valcik1 - 2013-02-13 09:29

    That's rich comming from a country that was doing the same in the Kalahari desert a few decades ago. Never mind the fact that the American and the Russians were competing with each other in the 50's and the 60's with nuclear and hydrogen bombs (and even much later). I want to also mention one thing - that U.S. only invades countries without nukes because it is not a smart idea to mess with someone who has some. On the other hand - the North Korean President is not really someone that I would want to have those capabilities but you can probably find out how to make a nuke on the net today - if you can get enriched Uranium or Plutonium. Just as a sidenote - next to Haartebespoort dam Necsa operates the 20 MWt Safari-1 reactor at its Pelindaba nuclear research centre. Safari-1 is the main supplier of medical radioisotopes in Africa and can supply up to 25% of the world's molybdenum-99 needs. Yes - there is a nuclear reactor there too.

  • wackidmaledu - 2013-02-13 09:44

    oh my God!!!!WAT THE SHIII??...WHY cant S.A use Lightnings as our weapons . ..and stop getin our noses in nuclear weapons, oh wait...maybe North Korea is spsed to get scared wen SA condemns this act....Jesus!!I LOVE MY COUNTRY AS CORRUPT AS IT IS ///pls stay away frm this

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