Defiant N. Korea Restarts Nuclear Plant

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North Korea's refusal to halt it's nuclear weapons program is drawing more condemnation from the international community.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned, Wednesday, that the country will face consequences for its "provocative and belligerent" actions.

The reaction came in the wake of North Korea's claims of a second nuclear test and the restart of its nuclear plant.

Clinton emphasized the U.S. is committed to defending South Korea and Japan following this week's missile tests.

"[Talks at the United Nations] are going on to add to the consequences that North Korea will face," she added.

The rogue regime launched a tirade against the world Wednesday, threatening to punish the world for any actions taken against it.

"Those who provoke [North Korea] once will not be able to escape its unimaginable and merciless punishment," the North's official news agency said.

South Korea will now join a U.S.-led effort to intercept ships suspected of transporting weapons of mass destruction.

North Korea has vowed to take military action against South Korea if it tries to stop or search any of its ships.

Japan threatened to step up sanctions, even as China and Russia, both close allies of North Korea, opposed the tests.

President Obama also called the tests reckless action.

"I strongly condemn their reckless the united states and the international community must take action in response," Obama said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is not looking at any fundamental change in policy towards North Korea. Officials still hope that the reclusive country will return to the six party talks - an approach that has not worked so far.

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