North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il has refused to be moved by the world-wide condemnation of his country’s most recent nuclear test.
Authorities in South Korea believe their neighbour is preparing to test-fire more missiles in the next two days even though the UN Security Council condemned the North’s actions calling Monday’s test, ‘a grave violation of international law.’ US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said: “We are now resolved to work on a resolution. We believe it ought to be a strong resolution with appropriately strong contents.” Close neighbours Japan have voiced their fears for Asia and are believed to favour a push for new sanctions. The Japanese ambassador to the UN, Yukio Takasu said: “This is a direct threat for the peace and security for Japan and Asia but also this global threat to the non-proliferation regime and it’s very unfortunate when the global leaders are now working for the effort of nuclear disarmament and non proliferation.” The size of Monday’s blast near the Chinese border has yet to be confirmed. In response to the UN’s condemnation North Korea’s state-controlled news agency has fired off a powerful message. ‘Our army and people are fully ready for battle against any reckless U.S. attempt for a pre-emptive attack,” it announced.