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U.S. Envoy Urges Unity On North Korea

Christopher Hill speaks to reporters after arriving in South Korea today (AFP) July 7, 2006 -- A senior U.S. envoy says the critics of North Korea's recent missile tests must speak "with one voice."

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill made the comment in South Korea, where he arrived today on the latest leg of a regional tour to urge a coordinated international response to the North Korean tests.

Earlier today in Beijing, Hill said China and the United States were in broad agreement that North Korea's missile launches were a "provocative act."

Hill said he discussed with Chinese officials how best to pressure North Korea over its missile tests, but there was no agreement on sanctions

China and Russia have expressed deep concern over the launch of the missiles, but have resisted moves by the United States and Japan to punish Pyongyang with sanctions and other tough measures.