President George W. Bush said Wednesday fresh threats by North Korea are designed to test the will of the five countries that are working to achieve a political settlement on the Korean peninsula.
Bush spoke hours after North Korea warned South Korea against joining international sanctions against Pyongyang. It said the Seoul government would "pay a high price" if it joins the international effort to punish North Korea for its recent nuclear test.
"The leader of North Korea likes to threaten," Bush told a news conference.
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