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10/07/06 - SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

North Korea's Neighbors Back UN Warnings On Nuke Test

North Korea's neighbors are applauding a U-N Security Council statement warning the country not to test its first nuclear weapon.

The Security Council adopted the statement on Friday warning North Korea of unspecified consequences should it conduct the test.

South Korea is urging its communist neighbor to return to long-stalled six-nation talks on ending the North's nuclear weapons program.

Japan's Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling it "a grave threat" to the peace and security of northeast Asia.

Japan called on the Security Council to impose punitive measures if the test goes forward.

The Security Council acted as speculation rose that a nuclear test could come on Sunday, the anniversary of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as head of the Korean Workers' Party.

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