Israel Concerned over North Korea Nuclear Test

Israel reacts with concern to the second North Korea nuclear test, asks the world to “respond decisively.”

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Maayana Miskin,

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The United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test on Monday. The council called the test a "clear violation" of a resolution passed in 2006 after Pyongyang's first atomic weapons test.

Israel was among the many countries reacting with concern Monday to North Korea's second nuclear weapons test. The underground test, conducted Monday, involved a bomb that Russian officials described as equivalent in destructive power to those used by the United States in World War II.

North Korea also tested short-range ground-to-air missiles on Monday.

"Israel views the second North Korean nuclear test with extreme gravity, and is party to the global concern caused by this event,” the Foreign Ministry said Monday in response to the tests. “Furthermore, Israel is concerned with North Korea's nuclear proliferation, which has negative implications in this region.”

The ministry statement ended with an appeal to the world to “respond decisively to the nuclear detonation by North Korea, so as to transmit an unambiguous message to other countries.”

North Korea's bomb test garnered negative responses from around the world, with leaders in the United States, Britain, Russia, and even traditional ally China expressing complete opposition to the test. U.S. President Obama said the tests “pose a grave threat to the peace and security of the world.”

North Korea announced in April that it would restart its nuclear program despite international opposition, and would test a nuclear bomb and long-range missiles.