George W. Bush says North Korea will face “serious repercussions” over reports it has carried out its first nuclear test. The US President says he is seeking a tough response from the UN Security Council. Washington is working to confirm the nuclear test did go ahead. Bush says “the claim itself constitutes a threat to international security.”
In a White House press conference he said: “We all agree that there must be a strong Security Council resolution that will require North Korea to abide by its international commitments to dismantle its nuclear programmes. This resolution should also specify a series of measures to prevent North Korea from exporting nuclear or missile technologies.” Bush says the US has no intention of attacking the communist state, affirming that Washington is committed to diplomacy.