Bush and Blair Condemn North Korean Nuclear Testing

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Bush and Blair Condemn North Korean Nuclear Testing


Tony Blair last night condemned North Korea's decision to test a nuclear weapon as a "completely irresponsible act" which showed a "disregard" for the concerns of the international community.

He said: "I condemn this completely irresponsible act by the government of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea). The international community has repeatedly urged them to refrain from both missile testing and nuclear testing.

"This further act of defiance shows North Korea's disregard for the concerns of its neighbours and the wider international community," he said.

George Bush said it posed a threat to global peace and warranted an immediate response from the UN.

"Once again, North Korea has defied the will of the international community, and the international community will respond," he said.

North Korea, led by eccentric pariah Kim Jong-il, has refused for a year to attend international talks aimed at persuading it to disarm.

The country pulled out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003 after US officials accused it of a secret nuclear programme.

Speculation over a possible nuclear weapons test arose earlier this year after reports from the US and Japan of suspicious activity at a suspected underground site.

The official Korean Central News Agency said: "The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to our military and people.

"The nuclear test will contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and surrounding region."

North Korea is believed to have enough radioactive material for about six bombs, using plutonium from its main nuclear reactor located north of the capital, Pyongyang. …

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