From CNN: U.S. warns North Korea against nuclear test.
North Korea's announcement came in the form of a Foreign Ministry statement published by the Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA -- the communist country's official news agency.
"The field of scientific research of the DPRK will in the future conduct a nuclear test under the condition where safety is firmly guaranteed," the statement said.
The ministry added, "The U.S. extreme threat of a nuclear war and sanctions and pressure compel the DPRK to conduct a nuclear test ... as a corresponding measure for defense."
But the big headlines are: House opens page sex scandal inquiry.
The House ethics committee opened an expansive investigation into the unfolding page sex scandal Thursday, approving nearly four dozen subpoenas for witnesses and documents as House Speaker Dennis Hastert held his ground against pressure to resign.
"I'm deeply sorry this has happened and the bottom line is we're taking responsibility," Hastert, R-Ill., told at a news conference outside his district office.
"Ultimately, the buck stops here," the speaker said of the controversy enveloping the House, former Republican Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record) of Florida and the page program, a venerable institution almost as old as the Congress itself.
Hastert's handling of the issue has come under harsh criticism by some fellow Republicans and conservative activists at a time when the GOP is worried about holding onto its congressional majority power in the fast-approaching midterm elections.
UPDATE I -- Oct. 6: From FoxNews: Security Council Urges N. Korea to Cancel Nuclear Test. The article features rare pictures of Kim Jong Il, which were shown on state television.
UPDATE II -- Oct. 7: From FoxNews: Shots Fired Along Korean Border as Tensions Mount Over Nuke Tests.
UPDATE III -- Oct. 8: From CNN: North Korea claims nuclear test.
UPDATE IV -- Oct. 9: From FoxNews: U.S. Seeks Sanctions Against North Korea in Response to Nuke Test.
Posted by Forkum at October 5, 2006 04:37 PM