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U.S. says to take lead to contain North Korea

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points to a spot on the map showing the quake centre during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points to a spot on the map showing the quake centre during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT...more

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points to a spot on the map showing the quake centre during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A customer look at television sets showing a report on North Korea's nuclear test at an electronics shop in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. REUTERS/Choi Jae-gu/Yonhap

A customer look at television sets showing a report on North Korea's nuclear test at an electronics shop in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity...more

A customer look at television sets showing a report on North Korea's nuclear test at an electronics shop in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. REUTERS/Choi Jae-gu/Yonhap
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North Koreans walk on a street in Pyongyang February 12, 2013, on the day North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, in this photo taken by Kyodo. North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Koreans walk on a street in Pyongyang February 12, 2013, on the day North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, in this photo taken by Kyodo. North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions,...more

North Koreans walk on a street in Pyongyang February 12, 2013, on the day North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, in this photo taken by Kyodo. North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo
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A man watches a television report on North Korea's nuclear test at a railway station in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A man watches a television report on North Korea's nuclear test at a railway station in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was...more

A man watches a television report on North Korea's nuclear test at a railway station in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan speaks to the media at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday for discussions on possible new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for its third nuclear weapons test, an act Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as deplorable. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan speaks to the media at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday for discussions on possible new sanctions against North Korea in...more

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan speaks to the media at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday for discussions on possible new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for its third nuclear weapons test, an act Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as deplorable. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday for discussions on possible new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for its third nuclear weapons test, an act Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as deplorable. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday for discussions on possible new sanctions against North...more

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday for discussions on possible new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for its third nuclear weapons test, an act Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as deplorable. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities...more

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A passenger walks past a television report on North Korea's nuclear test at a railway station in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A passenger walks past a television report on North Korea's nuclear test at a railway station in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9...more

A passenger walks past a television report on North Korea's nuclear test at a railway station in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan (L) shakes hands with United Nations General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's third nuclear test on Tuesday and vowed to take action against Pyongyang for an act that all major world powers, including traditional ally China, have denounced. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan (L) shakes hands with United Nations General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's third nuclear test on...more

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan (L) shakes hands with United Nations General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's third nuclear test on Tuesday and vowed to take action against Pyongyang for an act that all major world powers, including traditional ally China, have denounced. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan (L) speaks with United Nations General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's third nuclear test on Tuesday and vowed to take action against Pyongyang for an act that all major world powers, including traditional ally China, have denounced.REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan (L) speaks with United Nations General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's third nuclear test on Tuesday...more

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan (L) speaks with United Nations General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York February 12, 2013. The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's third nuclear test on Tuesday and vowed to take action against Pyongyang for an act that all major world powers, including traditional ally China, have denounced.REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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An activist from an anti-North Korea civic group burns a portrait of North's leader Kim Jong-un during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. The placards read, "Let's pulverize North Korea's nuclear war provocations!" (L) and "Kim Jong-un out!" (R) REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

An activist from an anti-North Korea civic group burns a portrait of North's leader Kim Jong-un during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. The placards read, "Let's pulverize North...more

An activist from an anti-North Korea civic group burns a portrait of North's leader Kim Jong-un during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. The placards read, "Let's pulverize North Korea's nuclear war provocations!" (L) and "Kim Jong-un out!" (R) REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai speaks in front of a monitor showing graphs of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai speaks in front of a monitor showing graphs of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12,...more

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai speaks in front of a monitor showing graphs of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities...more

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Activists from anti-North Korea civic group chant slogans during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Activists from anti-North Korea civic group chant slogans during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Activists from anti-North Korea civic group chant slogans during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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An activist from an anti-North Korea civic group burns a portrait of North's leader Kim Jong-un during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

An activist from an anti-North Korea civic group burns a portrait of North's leader Kim Jong-un during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

An activist from an anti-North Korea civic group burns a portrait of North's leader Kim Jong-un during a rally against North Korea's nuclear test near the U.S. embassy in central Seoul February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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