Yesterday, the countries on the United Nations Security Council had an emegency meeting after North Korea announced it had tested a nuclear device. The U.S. proposed cargo inspections and limited sanctions to North Korea (including luxury items - and Kim Jong Il loves his Henessy), as well as banning any military trade. The North Korea nuclear tests now bring up some new questions about how the administration handled the situation, making international policy even more of an election day issue. And the city's Korean-Americans tell the Daily News they are upset with the blasts and worry about relatives in South Korea, but hope that there is a peaceful resolution.
The Daily News and NY Times both have 101's about the blasts; the Times also has reaction from China, Japan and South Korea, where porestesters had a rally (photo below). The Post has taken to calling him "Kooky Kim" as it describes his personal life (possibly 13 illegitimate children!) while the Daily News says Kim is not a kook but a "solid political machine." The NY Times' editorial says that limited sanctions aren't enough to stop North Korea - there needs to be a a ban on all trade, and China needs confront North Korea.
And outgoing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's statement said, "It aggravates regional tensions in and around the Korean peninsula, and jeopardizes security both in the region and beyond.... The Secretary-General views this test as yet another reason for the international community to renew its collective effort to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty into force and to make progress towards multilateral nuclear disarmament." Annan's replacement was officially nominated yesterday - South Korean Ban Ki Moon, who said, "This should be a moment of joy. But instead, I stand here with a very heavy heart. Despite the concerted warning from the international community, North Korea has gone ahead with a nuclear test."
Photograph of South Korean protesters, during a rally denouncing North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul today by Ahn Young-joon/AP