Fri, Jul 07, 2006
Diplomatic Solution Sought For "Routine Military
Despite mounting diplomatic pressure
to end its missile test-firing program, on Thursday the communist
government of North Korea repeated its declaration that it has a
sovereign right to continue those tests... and that it plans to do
That news comes as South Korean media reported Thursday that the
country's hostile neighbor to the north has more missiles on its
pads, and is ready to fire them at any time.
The Washington Post reports that in a statement released by the
country's official KCNA news service -- attributed to the North
Korean foreign ministry -- Pyongyang acknowledged it had tested a
total of seven missiles on July 4... including one Taepodong-2
ICBM. North Korea called the tests "routine military exercises"
testing the country's "capacity for self-defense."
The regime of ruler Kim Jong Il added it "will have no option
but to take stronger physical actions of other forms, should any
other country dare take issue with the exercises and put pressure
That warning came as diplomats in the US and Japan worked to
gain international backing for a UN Security Council resolution
imposing harsh economic sanctions if North Korea doesn't dismantle
its nuclear weapons program.
As Aero-News reported
Thursday, that resolution has met resistance from
North Korean allies China and Russia. At a White House appearance
with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Thursday, however,
President Bush tried to cast a positive light on thise
"You know, diplomacy takes a while, particularly when you're
dealing with a variety of partners, and so we're spending time
diplomatically, making sure that voice is unified," the president
said. "Let's send a common message: You won't be rewarded for
ignoring the rest of the world."
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