Beginning with the Independence Day launch, more test-firings on
Wednesday and continued threats of even more launches today, I am urging
the U.S. and our allies to keep up our guard and stay calm in the face
of this provocatory ineptitude.  We should assure our trusted allies,
especially the Japanese of our determination to defend them.

This provocative action by the repressive North Korean regime is another
indication of their recalcitrance.  This action also is a test of the
genuineness and reliability of China's leaders who prop up the N. Korean
regime.  Their tangible reaction will be telling of their true