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U.S. Should Push for North Korean Sanctions in Wake of Nuclear Test

I strongly condemn the North Korean regime for brazenly defying the international community in conducting an underground nuclear test. Once again, North Korea has shown that it does not respect international treaties or diplomacy and poses a significant threat to the security of Asia and the world. The UN Security Council must enact tough sanctions on the North Korean regime. I am heartened that all of the member nations of the security council stood united in their condemnation of North Korea's nuclear test and urge them to continue to work together to address this dangerous situation.

President Bush must also engage the international community. It is clear that the Administration's unilateral foreign policy, and a lack of U.S. involvement in diplomacy toward North Korea, has provided opportunities for the regime to develop and expand its nuclear program. President Clinton faced similar challenges in North Korea, and effectively neutralized the threat by engaging the international community. I urge President Bush to do the same.

A nuclear weapon in the hands of a dangerous North Korean regime is unacceptable. This Administration must change course and engage the international community to enact tough sanctions. North Korea has repeatedly shown that it does not respect diplomacy or cooperation, and so it is time for the world to act.

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