Israel Expresses ‘Grave Concern’ Over N. Korea Test

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israel said on Tuesday that the international community must make clear to North Korea after its latest nuclear test that such activities cannot be tolerated.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said the test, North Korea’s third in defiance of U.N. resolutions, and a ballistic missile launch in December raised “grave concerns” about proliferation of nuclear and ballistic technologies.

“These actions by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), in violation of its international obligations, must be met with a swift response by the international community,” the ministry said.

“A clear message must be sent to DPRK and to other countries that such activities are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Iran is speeding up its nuclear program and that it may reach the red line very soon. He urged world powers to put more pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear program.