BRICS leaders deplore N Korea's nuclear test, name Pak-based terror groups

Xiamen: The BRICS leaders at Xiamen on Monday condemned the nuclear test conducted by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday.

In a declaration the leaders said, “We strongly deplore the nuclear test conducted by DPRK.”

On Sunday, North Korea announced that it has successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that is meant to be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The news reader of the North Korean Central Television said North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un ordered the test and termed it a “perfect success”. A quake was felt in northern China, with emergency sirens blaring in Yanji, near the North Korean border.

Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, expressing firm opposition to and strong condemnation at the nuclear test by the DPRK, The Global Times reported.

“North Korea has ignored the international community’s widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China’s government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this”, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

The BRICS leaders in the declaration also said they deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stressed that there can be no justification.

The declaration by BRICS leaders said, “We express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir.”

The leaders in the declaration said, “We call for expeditious finalisation and adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) by UNGA.”