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The government Tuesday welcomed the U.N. Security Council’s quick opposition to North Korea’s nuclear test but continued to scramble for a fresh response to Pyongyang’s latest provocation.

Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed during a phone conference in the morning that Pyongyang’s nuclear test was “a serious threat to the peace and stability of Northeast Asia and the international community,” and that a swift adoption of a U.N. resolution against the reclusive state is necessary.

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