So Much Bluster
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il vowed no compromise and said he was braced for "all-out war" as the United States and Japan pushed for the United Nations to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang for its missile tests.
With China and Russia holding out against further isolating the impoverished communist state, a US envoy visiting the region also stressed a diplomatic solution on disarmament and urged the North to come back to stalled six-nation talks on its nuclear program.
But Kim Jong-Il, in his first reported remarks since his regime lobbed seven missiles into the sea Wednesday, pledged not to give up his weapons programs.
"The General has declared that not even a tiny concession will be made to the imperialist US invaders, our arch enemy," said a broadcast on North Korean state television, as monitored by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.