Costa Rica has joined most of the world in roundly condemning North Korea for its third nuclear test that took place Tuesday.
The country in a foreign ministry statement urged full compliance with a U.N. Security Council resolution that prohibits North Korea from conducting such tests. The country has exploded nuclear devices in 2006, 2009 and now in 2012.
Israeli intelligence sources leaked the information that North Korea actually was participating with Iran in conducting the tests. Iran, another outlaw nation, has threatened to eliminate Israel.
The explosion took place just a day after a ceremony at Casa Presidencial in support of the international campaign to abolish nuclear arms. President Laura Chinchilla and others signed a letter supporting a movement toward a U.N. treaty banning the weapons. Also attending were students from the University for Peace in Ciudad Colón.
The U.N. Security Council also condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and said it will begin work immediately on appropriate measures in the form of a council resolution. The surprise test also brought quick condemnation from the United States, South Korea, China and other nations.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, himself a former South Korean foreign minister, called Pyongyang’s test appalling and reckless and said it shows outright disregard for the repeated call of the international community for North Korea to refrain from further provocative measures.
North Korea, he said is the only country that has carried out nuclear tests in the 21st century. “The authorities in Pyongyang should not be under any illusion that nuclear weapons will enhance their security. To the contrary, as Pyongyang pursues nuclear weapons, it will suffer only greater insecurity and isolation,” he said.
In Beijing, the foreign ministry summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest the development.
The Vienna-based agency that monitors the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty said Tuesday’s test blast was nearly twice as large as the 2009 nuclear test and much larger than the one in 2006.
North Korea also launched a rocket Dec. 14 that put a payload into Earth orbit.