Wednesday, July 05, 2006
North Korea's shot over the bow
From The Morning Grind

North Korea test fired a seventh missile Wednesday, drawing a strong rebuke from the U.S. and other nations. The United National Security Council is meeting this morning to discuss the situation.

North Korea fired one long range rocket and five shorter range missiles early Wednesday and a seventh missile was fired later in the evening, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Japanese Defense Agency. The long range missile, a Taepodong-2 believed capable of reaching the West Coast, failed within one minute of being launched, U.S. officials said.

The White House issued a statement that "strongly condemns" the missile launches and U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley described them as "provocative behavior," but said they posed no immediate threat to the United States. The White House dispatched Christopher Hill, its top negotiator in the six-party talks with North Korea, to consult with U.S. allies in Asia after the tests, he said. The six-party talks have been aimed at convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. It's likely that Japan and the United States will push for some kind of firm action such as a statement from the full U.N. Security Council -- all 15 members -- against the test firing.

Tune into CNN throughout the day for the latest on this developing story.
Posted By Mark Preston, CNN Political Unit: 7/05/2006 11:08:00 AM ET | Permalink
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