South Korea condemns North Korea for testing what it calls a hydrogen bomb and promises a swift response. Julie Noce reports.
(3115) South Korean President Park Geun-hye condemned North Korea's test of a hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday and promised swift retribution. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE SAYING: "So now, our government has to take decisive measures against any additional provocations by North Korea and work with the international community to make sure the isolated country pays the price for its latest nuclear test." (3110) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed and said the nuclear test was a serious threat to the nation's security. "We strongly denounce it," he said. (3108) Announcing the test in a bulletin on North Korean state broadcaster KRT, the news presenter said North Korea would keep its nuclear programme as long as the U.S. maintains its quote "stance of aggression." (3126) The U.S. ambassador to South Korea met with military officials in Seoul who said they are preparing countermeasures to restrain against further provocation. (3116) Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, said the U.S. stands with it's allies. THE UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN, CAROLINE KENNEDY, SAYING: "We stand with Japan and our partners and allies in solidarity in the face of North Korean provocations and we will work closely together with you on the coming days." (3119) China, North Korea's only ally, said it had no prior knowledge of the test and firmly opposed it. Beijing vowed to work with the international community to find a solution. North Korea is already under U.N. Security Council sanctions, but could face more. The Security Council will meet later on Wednesday to discuss further steps.