International Community Condemns North Korean Missile Tests
U.S., European and Asian leaders are condemning North Korea's missile launches. The White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley called the missile launches a provocation, but said they did not pose an immediate threat. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill is scheduled to visit Asia Wednesday to discuss the situation.
China expressed concern over the missile tests and says its foreign minister Li Zhaoxing discussed the matter by telephone with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In Russia, officials summoned the North Korean ambassador to explain the missile firings. Japan called the launches a grave problem for its national security and raised its military alert status. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called for dialogue to resolve the situation.
NATO says the missile tests pose a serious threat to the international community and will further isolate North Korea from the international community. European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana says the tests add tension to the already complex situation in the region.