From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Elizabeth Wilner
A Senior Pentagon official tells NBC there's no active consideration for US military response to the claim by North Korea that it's conducted a test of a nuclear device. "What would you do?" asked the official, who also said the status of US military forces in the region has not been heightened as a result of the North Koreans' claim. This official said that the United States has no plans to conduct a unilateral naval blockade of North Korea, adding that a naval blockade, which is considered an act of war, would have to be conducted internationally in conjunction with the United Nations, and there's no movement by the United Nations to undertake such action.
In a statement this morning, President Bush declared, "Threats will not lead to a brighter future for the North Korean people, nor weaken the resolve of the United States and our allies to achieve the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Today's claim by North Korea serves only to raise tensions, while depriving the North Korean people of the increased prosperity and better relations with the world offered by the implementation of the joint statement of the six-party talks." Some Democrats have seized upon the nuclear test as an example of the "failed policies of the Bush Administration," as Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) put it to reporters while pausing during New York's Columbus Day parade.