Australian PM calls for 'harsh' sanctions on North Korea

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called Friday for "harsh" sanctions against North Korea for conducting nuclear tests, saying the communist nation will only respond to a unified show of strength by the world. Rudd told the opening of a regional security conference that the international community, through the UN Security Council, must act tough toward North Korea since verbal statements of condemnation have been ineffective. "If I thought there was something else in there that would work I would embrace that. But I believe strength and resolve is what is necessary to command the attention and respect" of North Korea, Rudd said. They "respond only to a unified demonstration of strength," he told the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual gathering of the region's defense ministers organized by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies think tank.