Kerry: U.S. Will Not Accept North Korea as Nuclear State

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Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. and South Korea remain “firmly unified” against North Korean nuclear missile activity after a hour-long meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byong-se at the State Department. Kerry called on Pyongyang to denuclearize at a press conference after the meeting, CNN reports.

“We we will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, nor a nuclear armed state,” he said, nor would the international community. The United States will continue to support the defense of South Korea with the “full range of U.S. military capabilities” and will “modernize to be prepared to face any threat.”

Yun called recent developments in North Korea very serious. “In the any event of North Korean provocation, we will both respond according to our joint posture and take measures which we deem necessary,” Yun said.

[CNN]

3 comments
MMadera
MMadera

It sounds like Mr. Kerry is drawing lines in the sand! Is this one yellow, green or what? But what can one say about a man, who at Churchill's homage in Congress, choses an anecdote about a drunken Winston, when thousands of others are readily at hand in hundreds of books?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Will not accept ? What will he do ? Cannot even bring himself to impose tougher sanctions on Iran still on the way of acquiring one. North Korea will not hesitate to use it if it is forced to. Dennis the Worm Rodman as Sec of State would have probably better results than John the Horsy Faced Kerry.

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

Now there's a strategy I can get behind.  Why quit there?  I don't accept Russia as a nuclear state either.  Does that make their nukes go away?