A defiant North Korea is vowing to test more missiles after the launch of seven on Wednesday. Pyongyang has also reportedly threatened force against any country who tries to interfere. The US President George W.Bush says he wants to push for a united international response.
“I think we’ve got to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” he said. “And planning for the worst means to make sure that we continue to work with friends and allies, as well as those who’ve agreed to be part of the six party talks to continue to send a unified message.”
Russia and China have voiced opposition to a UN resolution calling for sanctions against North Korea.
“Trying to talk straight away about the threat of sanctions leads to reciprocal threats from North Korea, as has happened before,” said the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. “And then you still have to return to negotiations, but in a more tense atmosphere.”
North Korea is rejecting the international pressure, maintaining the tests are crucial for self-defence in the future.