Concerned over North Korea’s nuclear test, India on Tuesday said that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has acted “in violation” of its international commitments and asked it to refrain from such actions which adversely impact on peace and stability in the region.

“Reports indicate that DPRK has conducted a nuclear test on 12 February, 2013.

It is a matter of deep concern that DPRK has acted in violation of its international commitments in this regard.

“We call upon DPRK to refrain from such actions which adversely impact on peace and stability in the region,” official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said here.

Staging its most powerful nuclear test yet, North Korea on Tuesday claimed a breakthrough with a “miniaturised” device in an act of defiance to global powers including its sole patron China.

It said it had staged its third test with a “successful” underground detonation.

The confirmation from North Korean news agency KCNA came nearly three hours after seismic monitors detected tremors in the area of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, close to the Chinese border.

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