North Korea will not be allowed to become a nuclear weapons state — even if it takes more than sanctions to convince them, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned.
Speaking Wednesday at a joint press conference with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Kerry said the imposition of sanctions against Iran, which also has aspirations as a nuclear power, influenced Tehran to change its direction and end their isolation from the international community.
But he said Pyongyang’s “almost total absence of a legitimate economy” meant that the same strategy may not work with North Korea.
Kerry warned there will be “severe consequences” if North Korea does not refrain from “its irresponsible provocations that aggravate regional concerns, make the region less safe, and refuse — if it refuses to live up to its international obligations. Our position is clear: We will not accept a DPRK — North Korea — as a nuclear weapons state, just as we said that about Iran.”
But an article Thursday on the state-run Uriminzokkiri website slammed U.S. criticism of its activities as an “extremely unfair double standard.” It accused the U.S. of “bringing an immense amount of … nuclear weapons to South Korea in order to invade our country … and the South Korean military is publicly talking about testing a missile with a range of 800 kilometers (497 miles).”
It added: “We have made it clear that we will take a firm action against any provocation and war scheme that violated our country’s sovereignty and dignity.”
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