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May 25, 2009
Posted: 1826 GMT

Hello everyone,

Leading the broadcast today at the International Desk: North Korea's nuclear test.

From Beijing to Washington, D.C., Pyongyang's desire to flex its military muscle has most of the world concerned (not least South Korea) and everyone is reacting.

By far its largets trading partner, China issued a condemnation of North Korea's nuclear test. The United Nations is holding an emergency Security Council meeting and U.S. President Barack Obama issued a stern statement, calling Pyongyang's actions "reckless," calling on the international community to take action.

But a country as impoverished and isolated as North Korea, ruled by a totalitarian regime that uses its nuclear force as a bargaining chip is not likely to be scared off by threats of further sanctions, say some analysts. Put quite simply, it has very little left to lose from any new sanctions.

We'll be live at the United Nations and in Washginton D.C. We'll also take you live to Beijing for China's reaction.

Speaking of nuclear disputes, we're live in Tehran, where Reza Sayah will tell us more about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rejection of a proposal to freeze his country's nuclear program if Western countries agree to freeze theirs.

For Barack Obama, it's a double dose of muclear headache on this Memorial Day holiday in the United States. And as someone once put it, it's not even his biggest problem.

We'll also go live to Beirut wher the political situation is becoming more and more electric. The Shiite militant group in charges of all of Southern Lebanon, Hezbollah, is holding a rally.

The parties that form the Western-backed government, March 14th, stand in stark opposition to Hezbollah. After having pulled themselves back from the brinks of civil war last year, will this election allow the country to move forward in peace? Or have deep factional cracks only been painted over with a wafer thin coat of paint?

That and the rest of the day's top news stories, of course.

See you on TV,

Hala

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Elton   May 25th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

I think the world is becomin' a nuclear world.maybe NIGERIA need one too!

Tarek   May 25th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

How are you all, long time no comment out of me.

any way, this is hard comment, need to think deep and readers of my comment might do not have the future thought to see if they are logic or not.

just imagine that your neighbour has a watch dog strong dog with ugly scary head face, watching over his or her house and protect the house and the owner of any enemies, but when you want to bring the same watch dog to your house to protect you and protect your house just like your neighbour, your neighbor comes to you and tell you, you are not allowed to bring a watch dog to your house and then you get angry and say but you got one to protect you and protect your house and you tell me no to dogs, why, you make it for your self and prevent me or others from doing the same just like you. this is a selfish attitude towards me and the rest of us. ( do you understand my comment or not.

out of my administration and technical telescope I think any one got a nuclear power is violating the universal low and must be stoped but what shall you do when your neighbor is strong and ugly.

bye take care.

ADENEKAN   May 25th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

Who has the right to have nuclear power in the world?
I have the feeling the whole WOLD is SICK.
Yes,nuclear weapon is the worst scientific development of mankind.But,while should any sane country have it at all.
If we are all sane people ,while stopping other countries not to have it.
Double standard should be stoped,if we are to have peacce in the world.

Beejay   May 26th, 2009 2:36 am ET

Nuclear weapons development is just another aspect of technology progress aspired by all countries. It is realistically unimaginable for North Korea to use these weapons with so many "super" nuclear states, except in self-defence or a desire for national suicide. It is also unimaginable for North Korea to sell them to any other entities in view of the possible or probable consequences, if used. All this fear scenario is in pursuit of the western powers' vested interests, a product of their version of pandora's box. For China, they have a proxy to threaten their neighbours. Enough of this hypocrisy, for heaven's sake, as reported by CNN.

Asian   May 26th, 2009 11:09 am ET

I think US is realy scared and concerned over this because, they have more competitors now. What made you to think that it is only US can do whatever they want and the rest keep watching and accept what they say! Grow Up!

Takashi Kawazoe   May 26th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

North Korea's action is very stupid and we need to stop them now.
I wonder why you call East Sea and West Sea on the map.
They should be Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea. Who named East & West Sea?

Beejay   May 28th, 2009 3:20 am ET

Yes, the US is scared. Just like mosquitoes, when they bite it hurts but, you just smack them dead. Events have shown that the US has not shied away from doing that. If anybody needs to grow up, it is the newer powers to be.

Linda Takiyama   May 29th, 2009 10:10 am ET

As a long time resident of Japan, I find myself asking "Why?" the
international news associations aren't wondering about a possible/
probable connection between the sudden death of ex-prime minister
Rho, and the sudden wild anger of the North Korean leadership
toward the South. If ever there was a time for investigative reporting,
it's now. Was it really a suicide? Was it a forced suicide? If yes,
then again 'why?' What was the ex-prime minister's relationship
with the North?

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