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North Korea Calls Missiles Tests 'Successful,' Vows More


North Korea says its missile tests this week were successful, and it says it will carry out more launches.

In its first statement on Wednesday's tests, the North Korean Foreign Ministry also threatened to use force against any country that pressures it against carrying out missile tests. It says the launches helped increase the country's defense capability.

But the U.S. Department of Defense says none of the seven missiles fired in the tests posed any threat to the United States. It says the one long-range missile failed less than a minute after launch.

The missile tests drew international condemnation and concern. Since the launches, President Bush has spoken by telephone with Chinese President Hu Jintao, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Koizumi agreed to push for U.N. sanctions against North Korea. But Russia calls the threat counter-productive. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is disappointed by the missile tests and urged a resumption of talks with North Korea.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry says its top negotiator on the North Korean nuclear standoff Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei is going to Pyongyang next week.
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