Monday, May 25, 2009

North Korea tests fires 2nd Nuke

North Korea angered many governments and people around the world today by test firing their second nuclear missile:

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting Monday after world leaders reacted with outrage to North Korea's latest nuclear test.

North Korea earlier said it had tested the weapon in an underground explosion, provoking an angry response from the world's governments.

It had threatened to conduct the test if the U.N. Security Council did not apologize for imposing sanctions on North Korea after it tested a rocket April 5.

The Security Council called on its members to discuss the reported test Monday at 4 p.m. ET.

The United States and many other countries denounced the test. Even China, North Korea's strongest ally, said it opposed the test.

The White House -- which less than three weeks ago announced a new diplomatic effort to restart stalled talks with North Korea about its nuclear program -- said the test was in "blatant defiance" of the Security Council.

"North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international community," the White House said. "The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants action by the international community."

While the test was not a surprise, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it showed Pyongyang was becoming "increasingly belligerent."

We need to get this situation under control. If there is one country I do feel "unsafe" about, it would be North Korea. They already have nuclear missiles. I do not think we should invade them right now, but I do wonder why, when the Bush Administration sat down to think about the threats that faced our country, they picked Saddam over Kim.