A defiant North Korea has been celebrating the 80th anniversary of the country’s Down With Imperialism Union, set up by Kim Il Sung. This as Pyongyang denounces the threat of UN sanctions over its first nuclear test as a “declaration of war”. An American TV network has also quoted US officials as saying that North Korea’s military has informed China that it intends to carry out a series of underground nuclear tests.
The US nuclear envoy Christopher Hill met his South Korean counterpart and the Russian foreign minister in Seoul. He said: “I think we would all regard a second test as a very belligerent answer on North Korea’s part to the international community. You know, the DPRK really has to understand that the international community is not going to accept the DPRK as a nuclear state.”
The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has left for a tour of Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, attempting to bolster support for UN sanctions against the North.