United Nations diplomats have begun talking about possible sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the apparent testing of a nuclear weapon by that country. Senator Jim Talent, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, says sanctions must be employed, or at least threatened by the international community, to make sure North Korea puts an end to its nuclear weapons program. And, he says the pressure on the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il must come from the major players in that part of the world – China and Russia – and they must do it without getting something from the United States in return. China’s Amnassador to the U.N. has indicated his country is ready to support some sort of international action. North Korea has been insisting on bilateral talks with the U.S. to deal with nuclear concerns. Talent says the U.S. must reject that and insist on multilateral talks involving such countries as Japan and South Korea.
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