North Korea may have nuclear ballistic missile capabilities: Report

A set of Patriot missiles of South Korean military is seen deployed at an unidentified location in Seoul April 11, 2013. South Korea and the United States were on high alert for a North Korean missile launch on Thursday



OTTAWA - G8 nations are united in their deep concern over "provocative rhetoric" coming from North Korea, Foreign Minister John Baird said.

"We're all committed to working together with all civilized people to combat the challenge coming out of North Korea," Baird told journalists as G8 foreign ministers ended two days of meetings in London, England.

"Some are just dismissing this as a new leader trying to consolidate his power base at home - but whenever nuclear weapons are potentially involved we should treat it very seriously."

Baird also urged China - not a G8 country - to use its "unique influence" on the regime to calm tensions.

North Korea has been uttering war threats in recent weeks and appears poised to test-launch missiles as it celebrates the birthday of its founder, Kim Il-sung.

In their final communique, G8 ministers warned the regime further missile launches or nuclear tests could end in tightened sanctions and "further measures" against North Korea.

-With files from Reuters

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