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Topic - Richard E. Bush
The United States and China called Tuesday for tougher U.N. sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear missile test, as the secretive Stalinist state threatened to scrap the 1953 truce that halted the Korean War.
Taiwan's outgoing vice president, Annette Lu, speaking ahead of the presidential elections tomorrow, said the main contribution of President Chen Shui-bian's administration over the past eight years was a strengthening of national identity.
"There is a danger that Pyongyang may sometime resort to conventional military provocations, and Seoul, Washington and Beijing need to be prepared, but North Korea really doesn't need to 'cancel' the armistice in order to mount limited attacks," he said.
On the sanctions resolution, Mr. Bush noted the importance of China's support for the measures because it has been lax in enforcing the existing sanctions against North Korea.