October 4, 2006


North Korea's neighbors caution it not to conduct nuclear test (AP, 10/4/2006)

South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said the Security Council is expected to take stronger action against Pyongyang if it tests a nuclear weapon.

North Korea "will face a strong and united response from the international community" if it conducts a test, Yu told a regular news briefing.

China — North Korea's ally and key benefactor — appealed to North Korea for calm and restraint. Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said all sides in the six-nation disarmament talks should avoid "actions that intensify tensions."

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said "we simply could not accept" a nuclear test by the North.

The leaders of all three countries plan meetings in the coming days. Abe will head to China on Sunday and to Seoul on Monday, and Roh will travel to Beijing on Oct. 13.

In Australia, North Korean Ambassador Chon Jae-hong was summoned to meet senior officials on Wednesday and "was warned in the strongest possible terms of the severe consequences should North Korea conduct a nuclear test," Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said in a statement.

"A nuclear test would be completely unacceptable to the international community, and would provoke a very strong international response," Downer said.

It's a situation that needs higher and higher tension, until you break North Korea.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2006 7:42 AM
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