The two countries have called on Korea to follow the requirements of the UN Security Council after that country’s latest nuclear test, with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation saying the test was “a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions”.
The nuclear test, which the Korea claimed was successful, was conducted in the Kilju County, North Hamkyung Province.
The blast triggered an artificial earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 that was detected in the town where the DPRK nuclear test facility is located.
Both Pretoria and Moscow said the Korea’s nuclear test constituted a threat to lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula, to regional and international security and stability in North-East Asia.
This emerged during a meeting between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, which was held in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Speaking to the media after their meeting, Nkoana-Mashabane said the Korea should completely drop its nuclear programme and return to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Nkoana-Mashabane said government was convinced that nuclear weapons threatened the total annihilation of humanity and were therefore not a source of security.
Speaking through an interpreter, Lavrov said by conducting the new tests, the DPRK has once again ignored and disregarded the UNSC decisions.
“Such behaviour is inconsistent and obviously deserves condemnation,” Lavrov said.