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In quotes: World powers turn on North Korea

London Telegraph | October 9 2006

The major Asian powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council have been quick to condemn North Korea for its nuclear test

"A North Korean nuclear test would constitute a provocative act, in defiance of the will of the international community and of our call to refrain from actions that would aggravate tensions in northeast Asia. We expect the Security Council to take immediate actions to respond to this unprovoked act." Tony Snow, White House spokesman

"I condemn this completely irresponsible act by the government of the DPRK (North 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." Tony Blair

advertisement"The development and possession of Nuclear weapons by North Korea will in a major way transform the security environment in North Asia and we will be entering a new, dangerous nuclear age. A North Korea with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles constitutes a grave threat. Japan will now consider harsh measures." Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister

"China resolutely opposes the North Korean nuclear test and hopes that North Korea will return to the six-nation talks. Upholding the stability of Northeast Asia is in the interests of all parties." Chinese foreign ministry statement

"North Korea has almost removed room for South Korea to call for continuing dialogue with North Korea in response to international calls for sanctions and pressure. South Korea won't be patient for everything, make concessions on everything and accept all demands from North Korea as it did in the past." Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean president

"Russia unconditionally condemns tests conducted by North Korea. It's not only about Korea, it's about the huge damage which has been done to the process of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons." Vladimir Putin, Russian president

"Australia will call on the United Nations Security Council to take swift and effective action against North Korea and impose strong measures under Chapter Seven of the United Nations Charter. We will also advocate a UN Security Council regime against the DPRK that includes targeted financial and travel sanctions, other trade restrictions and or aviation restrictions. We are outraged that a country that has to rely on the international community to feed its own people devotes so many of its scarce resources to missiles and nuclear weapons programmes." John Howard, Australian prime minister

"This test profoundly jeopardizes regional stability and represents a severe threat to international peace and security. The EU works in close cooperation with the international community for a decisive international response to this provocative act." EU presidency, currently held by Finland

"Today's nuclear tests endangers peace and security in the region and beyond. The United Nations Security Council is now called on to counter this North Korean provocation with a determined reaction." Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German foreign minister

"A test of this kind is a provocation that is as deliberate as it is serious, directed against the entire international community." Carl Bildt, Swedish foreign minister

"North Korea should have no illusion of the gravity with which the international community views its action. The UN Security Council has already moved, prior to news of this alleged test, and must now stay seized of this issue." Helen Clark, New Zealand prime minister


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