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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: North Korea is continuing to thumb its nose at the world, this time by test
firing two more short-range missiles.

Earlier today, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to consider its
response to the hardline communist state's testing of a nuclear device.

Even Pyongyang's traditional allies, China and Russia, have condemned the nuclear test.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are rising with threats the North Korean army is ready for any
American pre-emptive strike.

North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo.

MARK WILLACY, REPORTER: Having felt their country tremble at the hands of Kim Jong Il, these South
Koreans want to see the dictator burn. But the leader of the Stalinist state is in no mood to be

This afternoon, Pyongyang fired two more short range missiles off its east coast. Since yesterday's
underground nuclear test, the secretive regime has launched five short range missiles and there
could be more to come.

This latest North Korean missile launch is a defiant response to the United Nations Security
Council which unanimously condemned yesterday's underground nuclear detonation by the secretive

Even long-standing allies are astounded by Kim Jong Il's recklessness.

MA CHAOXU, CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN (voiceover translation): Despite international
opposition, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has again conducted a nuclear test. The
Chinese Government expresses absolute opposition to this.

voiced their strong opposition to and condemnation of the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea on May 25, 2009, which constitutes a clear violation of resolution 1718.

MARK WILLACY: The Security Council will meet again in a few hours time to flesh out a resolution
which may include new and tougher sanctions against Pyongyang.

SUSAN RICE, US AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: The US thinks that this is a grave violation of
international law and a threat to regional and international peace and security. And therefore the
United States will seek a strong resolution with strong measures.

MARK WILLACY: But just how strong those measures are could depend on days of wrangling on the floor
of the Security Council.

For a President who's reached out to Iran and Cuba, his hand of cooperation may not extend as far
as Pyongyang.

BARACK OBAMA, US PRESIDENT: North Korea's actions endanger the people of north-east Asia, they are
a blatant violation of international law and they contradict North Korea's own prior commitments.
Now, the United States and the international community must take action in response.

MARK WILLACY: One course of action by the United States has been to sign up South Korea to an
initiative to stop and search ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction, and that
includes North Korean ships thought to be transporting nuclear devices. But Pyongyang has warned
that it will regard Seoul's participation in such a scheme as an act of war.

But in South Korea, there's support for tougher measures against the dictatorship over the border.

PARK CHAN-SUNG, DEMONSTRATION LEADER (voiceover translation): We have been deceived. So to ensure
that we are not going to be deceived again in the future, there Republic of Korea, as one of the
upright leading nations in the international community, has to actively participate in the
proliferation security initiative. Not only that, but we also insist South Korea sets up a plan
with the United States, Japan and the United Nations to put an end to Kim Jong Il's dictatorship.

MARK WILLACY: And that's exactly what the ailing dictator himself may be thinking: what will happen
once he's gone?

Some analysts believe Kim Jong Il is using this show of force to bolster his family's position and
to send his generals a message that he wants one of his sons to succeed him. If that's the case,
this is one family succession plan being felt up and down the entire Korean Peninsula.

Mark Willacy, Lateline.