The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Bush, Oct. 9, 2006, 9:58 a.m.:

“Last night, the gov­ern­ment of North Korea pro­claimed to the world that it had con­ducted a nu­clear test . . . . The United States con­demns this provoca­tive act. Once again, North Korea has de­fied the will of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will re­spond. This was con­firmed this morn­ing in con­ver­sa­tions I had with leaders of China and South Korea, Rus­sia and Ja­pan . . . and all of us agreed that the pro­claimed ac­tions taken by North Korea are un­ac­cept­able and de­serve an im­me­di­ate re­sponse by the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.”

Pres­i­dent Obama, May 25, 2009, 6:22 a.m.:

“To­day, North Korea said that it has con­ducted a nu­clear test in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law ... . Th­ese ac­tions, while not a sur­prise given its state­ments and ac­tions to date, are a mat­ter of grave con­cern to all na­tions. North Korea’s at­tempts to de­velop nu­clear weapons, as well as its bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram, con­sti­tute a threat to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity. By act­ing in bla­tant de­fi­ance of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, North Korea is di­rectly and reck­lessly chal­leng­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

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