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Bush Warns Of 'Serious Repercussions' For Pyongyang --> President Bush (file photo) (epa) October 11, 2006 -- U.S. President George W. Bush today urged "serious repercussions" for North Korea's claimed nuclear test.

Speaking in Washington, Bush said North Korea's statement that it had carried out a nuclear test puts the world's peace in peril.

"This claim itself constitutes a threat to international peace and stability," he said. "In response to North Korea's actions, we're working with our partners in the region and the United Nations Security Council to ensure there are serious repercussions for the regime in Pyongyang."

Bush affirmed that the United States has no intentions of attacking Pyongyang, and remains committed to diplomacy.

But he said that Washington will increase defense cooperation with its allies, "including cooperation with ballistic-missile defense."

Disputes Iraq Casualty Figures

Also today Bush dismissed as "not credible" an independent U.S. study that estimates that 655,000 Iraqis have died in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

The study, to be published online by the British medical journal "The Lancet," was conducted by a team of U.S. and Iraqi public-health experts of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States. The methodology used in the study has been criticized.

(compiled from agency reports)