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US pushing Russia, China to influence North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is looking for two of North Korea's
usual backers to help unite the international community against
Pyongyang's nuclear test.
Russia was a key North Korean supporter, but spoke out strongly
against the nuclear test. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
talked with Moscow's foreign minister yesterday, reiterating the
importance of a quick, unified response.
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says China is also playing
a constructive role in talks, but won't say much else
Experts say China holds the key to any U.N. action against its
longtime ally.
Since the nuclear test, North Korea has test-fired missiles and
apparently restarted its nuclear plant. It issued a strident
warning of a military response to any attempts to stop its ships
under a U.S.-led program to stem the flow of weapons of mass
destruction.


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