The US Secretary of State is in South Korea today as part of her tour of Asian nations, seeking support for UN sanctions against North Korea after its first nuclear test. She is also reassuring allies in the region that America is committed to defending them. This as President Bush warns North Korea of “grave consequences” if it tries to sell nuclear arms. Meanwhile, the next Secretary general of the UN, South Korean Ban Ki-Moon, says the Security Council may pass a new resolution if a second test is carried out.
He says the international community’s response would be much more severe, and has urged North Korea to refrain from aggravating the situation further. It is reported foreign ministers from Japan, South Korea, Russia and China will join Rice in Beijing on Friday to discuss the crisis.
The diplomatic mission comes as intelligence experts warn that North Korea may be preparing for an imminent second nuclear test. After visiting Japan, Rice is due to spend today in South Korea and then go on to Beijing tomorrow. She is pushing for enforcement of UN sanctions which include the inspection of North Korean cargo.