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The UN makes its first moves to nominate South Korea's Ban Ki-moon as its new Secretary General, a significant choice in terms of his possible diplomatic influence with North Korea. Meantime, the global community reacts to North Korea's claims to have conducted its first nuclear test. Diana Nyad guest hosts.

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Korean Nominated as Secretary General as Defiant DPRK Conducts Nuclear Test

North Korea says it has successfully conducted its first underground nuclear test, an action that has reportedly brought joy to the people and the army of that country, and condemnation and concern from the international community. President Bush has spoken to the leaders of South Korea, China, Japan and Russia, all of whom agreed that North Korea's actions "are unacceptable and deserve an immediate response."  Meantime, the United Nations Security Council has nominated South Korea's Ban Ki-moon to replace Kofi Annan as the next Secretary General. The General Assembly will vote this week. If approved, Ban would become take over the leadership role on January 1 of 2007. Guest host Diana Nyad explores the role Ban will play in the UN's "responsibility to protect" and the fine line he'll walk over negotiations with North Korea.

Guests:
Ian Williams, UN Correspondent for The Nation
Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund (@Cirincione)
James Lilley, Former US Ambassador to South Korea and China
Thomas Kilgannon, President of Freedom Alliance
Paul Kennedy, Professor of International Security Studies at Yale University
Gareth Evans, Co-Chair, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Making News President Bush Urges Quick Action on North Korea

Along with today's nomination of Ban Ki-moon as the next Secretary General, news of North Korea's nuclear test dominated this morning's UN agenda. The 15-member Security Council spent a brisk 30 minutes in universally condemning the test. President Bush issued a statement calling North Korea's actions "a grave threat," vowing to "hold North Korea fully accountable for the consequences of such action."  Similar statements were issued from South Korea, the UK, China, Japan and Australia.

Guests:
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)

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