Germany summons N Korean envoy over nuclear test threat

Foreign Ministry in Berlin calls in North Korean ambassador to protest against Pyongyang's threat to carry out an unauthorised nuclear test and its launching of short- and medium-range missiles

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2014, 12:27pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2014, 12:27pm

Germany’s Foreign Ministry says it summoned North Korea’s envoy in Berlin over Pyongyang’s threat to carry out another nuclear test.

The Foreign Ministry says the summoning of Ambassador Ri Si-hong on Monday was also prompted by North Korea’s recent series of test-launches of short-range missiles and rockets and at least two medium-range missiles, as well as an exchange of artillery fire at sea with South Korea.

The ministry said in a statement that Germany calls on North Korea to take steps to de-escalate the situation and restart international talks on its nuclear programme.

The statement said that if North Korea conducts another nuclear test “a clear reaction” by the international community would follow.