UN urges N. Korea to cancel nuclear test

UN urges N. Korea to cancel nuclear testfrom houston chronicle: The U.N. Security Council urged North Korea on Friday to cancel a planned nuclear test and return immediately to talks on scrapping its nuclear weapons program, saying that exploding such a device would threaten international peace and security. A statement adopted unanimously by the council expressed “deep concern” over North Korea’s announcement.

U.S. Won’t Accept Nuclear N. Korea
from washington post: The Bush administration delivered a secret message to North Korea yesterday warning it to back down from a promised nuclear test, and it said publicly that the United States would not live with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang government.

North Korea “can have a future or it can have these weapons. It cannot have both,” Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill said yesterday in remarks at Johns Hopkins University’s U.S.-Korea Institute. It was the toughest response yet from the Bush administration, coming two days after Pyongyang announced plans to conduct its first nuclear test.

Hill did not explain how the administration would respond to a test, but he said it is willing to sit with North Korean officials and diplomats from the region to discuss the crisis. “We will do all we can to dissuade [North Korea] from this test,” … “We are not going to live with a nuclear North Korea, we are not going to accept it,” Hill said.