The White House said President Barack Obama had spoken separately to South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They “agreed to work together to forge a united and strong international response to North Korea’s latest reckless behaviour”, it said in a statement.
Mr Abe told reporters: “We agreed that the provocative act by North Korea is unacceptable… We will deal with this situation in a firm manner through the cooperation with the United Nations Security Council.” He added that Japan may take unilateral action, saying it is “considering measures unique to our nation”.
South Korea’s presidential office said in a statement that Ms Park and Mr Obama had agreed to closely co-operate and that the international community “must make sure that North Korea pays the corresponding price” for the nuclear test, reported Yonhap news agency.
A spokesman for South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said that Seoul would resume blasting anti-regime propaganda over loudspeakers across its border with the North, and that the U.S. and South Korea had discussed the deployment of “strategic assets” to the peninsula. The spokesman refused to specify further what those assets might be.
Whatever the details, you can be sure that none of this is welcome news in Beijing.