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.