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Fallout Over North Korea Nuclear Test

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26 May 09 | AJE and PTV

North Korea has test-fired two short-range missiles, reports say, a day after the country triggered international condemnation by conducting an underground nuclear test.


South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted government officials in Seoul as saying the tests on Tuesday took place near the east coast city of Hamhung and involved one ground-to-air and one ground-to-ship missile.

If confirmed, the launches would be the fourth fired this week and come amid a dramatic escalation in tensions on the Korean peninsula following Monday’s underground nuclear test.

That test was swiftly condemned by the U.N., with the Security Council unanimously labelling it a “clear violation” of a 2006 resolution passed after Pyongyang’s first atomic detonation.

“The members of the Security Council have decided to start work immediately on a Security Council resolution on this matter,” the body said in a statement after holding crisis talks on Monday.

Fallout

There has been worldwide condemnation of the underground explosion carried out in North Korea on Monday.

Even China, a country that North Korea considers an ally, has demanded that Pyongyang stop its actions and return to six-party talks.

Announcing the test, the North Korean state media said it would “contribute to defending the sovereignty of the country and the nation ensuring peace and security on the Korean Peninsula”.

What does North Korea hope to gain from its latest nuclear test and where does it leave international attempts to persuade it to give up its nuclear programme?

Anand Naidoo sits in for Riz Khan as we look at the diplomatic fallout of North Korea’s nuclear test.

Joining the show is Alejandro Cao de Benos, the president of the Korean Friendship Association and an advocate of North Korea since 1990. He is currently an honorary special delegate of North Korea’s committee for cultural relations with foreign countries.

Part One (12:01):

Part Two (10:29):

Israel, not DPRK the biggest danger

Israel is attempting to muster global support against nuclear North Korea amid worldwide criticism of Tel Aviv’s widely-reported possession of nuclear weapons.

On Monday, in yet another move to seemingly deflect criticism from its own atomic arsenal, Tel Aviv called for a crushing international response to the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) latest nuclear test.

“Israel expects the international community to respond decisively to the nuclear detonation by North Korea,” The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday quoting a foreign ministry statement.

The response was supposed “to transmit an unambiguous message to other countries,” the statement added.

Earlier in the day, Pyongyang said it had conducted another test of a potent nuclear device “as part of measures to bolster its nuclear deterrent for self-defense.”

News of three short-range missile test launches after the underground nuclear exercise sparked the outrage of the international community which has repeatedly censured North Korea’s contempt for the United Nations’ sanctions on its nuclear activities.

Amid the condemnations, however, analysts take the Israeli barrage against Pyongyang with a grain of salt given Tel Aviv’s reputation as the sole possessor of scores of nuclear warheads in the Middle East according to former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, aerial footage and decades of recurrent reporting.

The arsenal has made Tel Aviv a target of high-profile media attacks. Most recently, the Arab League Chief, Amr Mousa, warned that Israeli nukes posed “the real danger” in the Middle East.

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26 May 2009 at 7:15 pm

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