North Korea's government views the UN sanctions as "a declaration of war, and the country will 'deal merciless blows' if the nation's sovereignty is violated," per the AP.
The AP also says the detainee bill Bush will sign this morning "would protect detainees from blatant abuses during questioning... but does not require that any of them be granted legal counsel. Also, it specifically bars detainees from filing habeas corpus petitions... The swift implementation of the law" -- just six weeks after Bush called for it -- "is a rare bit of good news for Bush as casualties mount in Iraq in daily violence."
Bush yesterday reassured Iraq's Prime Minister that the United States will not set a timetable for withdrawal, even though some military officials and GOP politicians are unhappy with the Iraq government's progress, the New York Times says. "The White House also suggested that it would not necessarily accept the recommendations of" the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) is the latest Republican to suggest that the Administration's current approach isn't working. She said "that more consideration should be given to dividing the country into semi-autonomous regions to help reduce conflicts… Allowing the Kurds, Sunni and Shia to govern their own territories while sharing in Iraq's oil revenues through a national revenue stream could help quell the bloodletting, Hutchison told the Houston Chronicle editorial board."