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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:14 AM
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North Korea nuke test draws condemnation

By BURT HERMAN, Associated Press Writer 4 minutes ago

UNITED NATIONS - Members of the
U.N. Security Council condemned
North Korea's claim of a nuclear test and demanded during an emergency meeting Monday that it return to six-party talks on its weapons program, Japan's U.N. ambassador said.

The Security Council will now discuss "appropriate measures" to respond to the test, which was a threat to international peace and security, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima said.
President Bush said North Korea has "defied the will of the international community," and that the action "deserves an immediate response" by the U.N. Security Council.

There were conflicting reports on the size of the blast in northeast North Korea.
South Korea said it was relatively small, while Russia said it had been perhaps as powerful as the nuclear bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan during World War II.

The explosion prompted worldwide concern it could seriously destabilize the region, and even Pyongyang's ally China said it strongly opposed the move. South Korea's spy chief said there were possible indications the North was moving to conduct more tests.

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