DPRK Moves Up The List
The international community is showing great concerns over a planned nuclear test announced Tuesday by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said through his spokesman that if the DPRK carries out the proposed test, it "would bring universal condemnation, and will not help DPRK achieve the goals expressed in its statement, particularly with regard to strengthening its security."
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is in Egypt on a visit, called the DPRK statement "very provocative."
A nuclear test by the DPRK will hugely transform the existing situation in the Korean Peninsula, she told a press conference in Cairo, noting that it was not an issue for America alone, but "quite a serious issue" for the entire neighborhood.
As for a possible U.S. military operation against the DPRK, if and when it conducts a nuclear test, Rice said Washington would need to assess the options.