May 25, 2009
Posted: 1826 GMT
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.
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