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Press split on N Korea response
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While newspapers around the world remain fiercely critical of North Korea over its claims that it has conducted a nuclear test, commentators are now starting to examine the options open to the international community.

One Japanese paper hints that Tokyo may have to consider developing its own nuclear deterrent in response to Pyongyang's "reckless gamble".

Overall, there is little sign of consensus, with some dailies calling for sanctions and others urging renewed diplomatic efforts.

JAPAN'S YOMIURI SHIMBUN

We must let North Korea know clearly that the nuclear test is a reckless gamble and there is no way that the international community will let it pass... Japan should not endanger its existence by failing to take a realistic response because of its emotional nuclear allergy.

JAPAN'S MAINICHI SHIMBUN

The unity of the international community is necessary to make North Korea realise that the only way left is to return to the six-party talks... What should be done swiftly is to communicate the international community's strong intention not to allow North Korea to possess nuclear weapons... We urge China and Russia to take action commensurate with their positions as permanent UN Security Council members.

JAPAN'S ASAHI SHIMBUN

What protects the safety of Japan and South Korea is their respective relationships and alliance with the United States, and based on this, they will cope with the situation diplomatically. They should cement this principle. In easing tensions, they should tread carefully so that North Korea does not make any rash moves on the strength of its nuclear weapons.

SOUTH KOREA'S DONG A-ILBO

To minimise the repercussions of the North's nuclear test on South Korea, the US must first faithfully carry out the commitments it has made for the security of Korea. South Korea also has no choice but to rely on the nuclear umbrella of the US, as it can stand up to the North armed only with conventional weapons... The time has come for the Korea-US alliance, deemed the most successful one in the past half-century, to now prove its worth.

SINGAPORE'S BERITA HARIAN

Apart from asking North Korea to return to the negotiating table, the UN needs to do something to soften the country's stance. But military action must be avoided completely. This would be seen by the regime as provocation and would probably lead to an incredibly tragic response. China and Russia need to continue to urge Kim's regime to change and open up the country.

INDONESIA'S SUARA MERDEKA

The determination of Pyongyang over the nuclear issue has stemmed from the unresolved conflict in the Korean peninsula... Now North Korea has challenged the United States to go on to have bilateral negotiations... If the US cares about Asia's security and realises that North Korea's bargaining position is now stronger, the superpower ought to be more serious in seeking a solution to the Korea conflict.

INDONESIA'S SINAR HARAPAN

It looks as though North Korea wants to make an unpleasant "gift" to many parties, particularly its neighbouring countries in East Asia... We urge the UN Security Council and the international community to take resolute measures against the regime in Pyongyang to discontinue its nuclear ambition.

GERMANY'S FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

The huge empire [China], which has been humiliated by its small neighbour, has little choice but to take part in disciplining the North Korean dictator.

FRANCE'S LE MONDE

In a very classic way, the countries in charge of the issue have practised the policy of the "stick and the carrot". Each time the great powers issue threats, without moving into action, and North Korea pursues its quest for the bomb... The path of negotiation is blocked: the use of force impracticable. The Non-Proliferation Treaty is in its death throes.

ISRAEL'S JERUSALEM POST

UN Security Council members are considering imposing sanctions on North Korea. Though such a course should have been taken long ago to dissuade Pyongyang from developing a bomb in the first place, it is critical to take this step now to deter further belligerent actions by both remaining "axis of evil" regimes.

SAHAR BA'ASIRI IN LEBANON'S AL-NAHAR

North Korea's ally and neighbour, China, is the key to the solution. Suffice it so say that China can threaten to cut food and fuel to North Korea so that Kim Jong-il's regime stops its nuclear programme.

PAKISTAN'S ISLAM

North Korea's nuclear test is a slap in the face of the dual policies adopted by the international powers. Now the world should do away with the supremacy of a few nations in order to ensure global peace and stability.

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