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N. Korea apparently tests missile, U.S. says


28 Nov 2003
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U.S.: N. Korea apparently tests missile
Sunday, May 1, 2005 Posted: 10:53 AM EDT (1453 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- It appears North Korea has conducted a test of a short-range missile, White House chief of staff Andrew Card told CNN Sunday.

"I got the report this morning, so I don't know an awful lot about it. It appears that there was a test of a short-range missile by the North Koreans and it landed in the Sea of Japan," Card said in a pre-taped interview with "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."

"We're not surprised by this. The North Koreans have tested their missiles before. They've had some failures.

"We have to work together with our allies around the world -- especially the Japanese, the South Koreans, the Russians and the Chinese -- to demonstrate that North Korea's actions are inappropriate. We don't want them to have any nuclear weapons, we don't want the Korean peninsula to have any nuclear weapons on it."

Six-nation talks on persuading North Korea to curb its nuclear ambitions -- involving the two Koreas, United States, China, Japan and Russia -- have been stalled since last June after three inconclusive rounds.

North Korea has already said it will stay away from the nuclear talks until Washington apologizes for comments by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in which she described the communist state one of the world's "outposts of tyranny."

Resuming the talks gained urgency in February when North Korea said it had developed nuclear weapons and would boycott the talks indefinitely. The North has since threatened to increase its nuclear arsenal and has demanded that the United States drops what it calls a hostile policy.

North Korea on Saturday called U.S. President George W. Bush a "hooligan" and said it expected no solution of the international standoff over its nuclear program during the Bush administration. (Full story)

The comments by North Korea's Foreign Ministry spokesman followed a White House news conference on Thursday at which Bush described North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as a "tyrant" and a "dangerous person." (Transcript)

CNN.com - U.S.: N. Korea apparently tests missile - May 1, 2005

North Korea probably has nuclear weapons already. The Six-nation talks with North Korea aren't solving anything in my opinion.
CNN.com - N. Korea 'admits having nukes' - Apr. 25, 2003
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