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Swiss condemn North Korea nuclear test

Switzerland has joined a chorus of voices from 40 countries around the globe in condemning North Korea's second nuclear test.

This content was published on May 26, 2009 - 08:59

The Swiss foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday evening that the underground tests were a clear violation of United Nations resolutions that call for the reclusive nation to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

"Switzerland is convinced that the North Korea nuclear question can only be solved with negotiations and diplomacy," the ministry said. "In this regard it supports the resumption of six-party talks."

North Korea began multilateral talks in 2003 over its atomic programme with South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and China. But Pyongyang withdrew from any agreements after the UN tightened sanctions on North Korea for a rocket launch in April this year.

North Korea exploded its first nuclear device in 2006 to much international consternation.

swissinfo.ch with agencies

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