Kerry: Response to NKorea will send Iran a message


A North Korean military guard post, right bottom, in North Korea’s Kaepoong is viewed from the unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. North Korea’s neighbors bolstered their military preparations and mobilized scientists Wednesday to determine whether Pyongyang’s third nuclear test, conducted in defiance of U.N. warnings, was as successful as the North claimed. AP/Lee Jin-man

WASHINGTON — The world must show its resolve in the face of North Korea’s nuclear provocations or risk emboldening Iran, which is under scrutiny over its uranium enrichment program, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

Kerry said nations must agree on a “swift, clear, strong and credible response” to Pyongyang’s third nuclear test and the authoritarian regime’s “continued flaunting of its obligations.”

In defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the latest issued last month, North Korea on Tuesday detonated a nuclear device at a remote underground site. It is seen as a key step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States.

Iran, like North Korea, is also under stiff sanctions, and negotiations with the West over its nuclear program have similarly stalled.

Iran maintains the program is peaceful, for generating energy and for medical research, not for weapons. It said Wednesday that it has begun installing a new generation of centrifuges that will allow it to vastly increase its pace of uranium enrichment in defiance of U.N. calls to halt such activities.

There has been speculation that North Korea and Iran could be cooperating on missile and nuclear development. Kerry did not draw such a connection but did say the cases were linked because they both concerned nonproliferation.

“It’s important for the world to have credibility with respect to our nonproliferation efforts,” Kerry told reporters after meeting Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh at the State Department.

“Just as it’s impermissible for North Korea to pursue this kind of reckless effort, so we have said it’s impermissible with respect to Iran. What our response is with respect to this will have an impact on all other nonproliferation efforts.”

The U.N. Security Council has issued three separate resolutions on North Korea, in response to its nuclear and missile tests since 2006. The latest resolution, which tightened sanctions, followed a December satellite launch that the U.S. says could serve to develop the North’s ballistic missile capability.

The resolution warned of “significant action” if Pyongyang conducted another rocket launch or a nuclear test.

“If you are going to say things, they have to mean something. And to mean something you have to be prepared to follow up, and that’s exactly what we are prepared to do,” Kerry said.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, speaking Wednesday at the Security Council, called North Korea’s nuclear test “a further blatant challenge to the global non-proliferation regime.”

She said it was vital for the international community to stand united and demonstrate “that there are consequences of continued violations.”

In Washington, President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe consulted on a response and pledged to work together to seek action by the U.N. Security Council, the White House said.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said North Korea’s actions represent a clear threat to the United States and undermines regional security. He vowed that the U.S. will take whatever steps necessary to meet its commitment to South Korea, including continued military exercises and increases in missile defense in the region.

Panetta said U.S. technical experts are still assessing available data to learn more about the underground explosion. That difficult task could determine whether the device was made with plutonium, of which North Korea has only limited supplies, or uranium, which can be enriched to weapons-grade in more easily concealed facilities.

“It should be of great concern to the international community that they are continuing to develop their capabilities to threaten the security, not only of South Korea, but of the rest of the world,” Panetta told a Pentagon news conference. “And for that reason, I think that we have to take steps to make very clear to them that that kind of behavior is unacceptable.”

The U.S. is fully prepared to deal with any contingency involving North Korea, Panetta said, and will continue to deploy forces to that region.

In an emergency session Tuesday, the Security Council unanimously said the nuclear test poses “a clear threat to international peace and security” and pledged further action. It remains to be seen, however, whether China, the North’s ally, will sign on to any new, binding global sanctions.

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  • Cristeta

    No need to speculate.  U.S.A is to Israel, as China is to North Korea.  

  • Babinski Michaelangelo Resma T

    Ang daming sadsad nila, mga duwag. Ang gusto namin action, hindi puro story lang.

  • Ernesto

    communist china is also support communist north korea .as simple as that

  • okabato

    Brace yourself people WWIII is coming. China will defend North Korea just like she did in the korean war of 1950s. Israel is going to attack Iran and destroy its nuclear installations and Israel will be under attack by its muslim nations neighbors. Meanwhile China will attack Japan and possibly Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan and there will be realignment of forces led by the US, Australia (Britain) and India. Russia who doesn’t have a treaty with China will be watching on the sideline. Where Russia gives its support will be very vital for China and Iran.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      not all muslim neighbors most especially saudi hate iran  and they want iran to have nukes iran considers saudi a bigger enemy then israels. nobody raised a hand when israel bombed iraqs  installations. russia hates china remember russia is not  commie anymore. they all ready fought on war over boundaries.

    • okayayonip

      what gain china will get? lose their markets and economy, they are bully but not crazy.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        they would lose i trillion dollars that america borrowed so its a win win situation  for america the only ally iran has is syria the other countries because of the different muslim sects hate each other. more than israel. iran is a rouge nation like korea learn your history 

  • doublecross

    kill tha US, hail the noth koreans!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      why dont you move to that paradise bring a lunch they have no food. yeah they puny little rockets are going to take on over 500 ibcms with nukes. north korea is so small they wouldnt make a. pimple in americas butt. 2 or 3 nukes kiss north korea good bye

    • manual47

      moron….you just don’t know what you’re talking.  Unless you lost your brain.

    • Ernesto

      north korea leader is idiot my friend

    • botets

      maybe the next time the red koreans clasted their nukes hopelfully directly to yer head and hopfully yer in a forest so yer innocent firnds and families wont get oblitirated

    • tagatabas

       You are no Pinoy.

    • alfred

      @doublecross..are you chinese??

  • marivon

    While US says blah blah blah, Kim Jung Un makes boom boom boom. We need action Mr. Barack.

  • Eric

    Your dealing with a senseless child. Paluin na yan.

  • Val Sor

    Let the welfare organizations like World Vision leave North Korea.  They are being used to feed the hungry so that the government can spend money on keeping a very large army and developing a nuclear bomb.

  • doublecross

    mind your own business…usa!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      bite me commie stop me

    • botets

      bagay sayo ang ngalan mo doublecrosser hehe sana ikaw ang tamaan ng direct hit ng sunod na nuke test’

    • tagatabas

       You are out of your legal mind.

  • Macario

    Wars and rumors of war…plague, famine, earthquake…all written in the book of Revelations…as predicted, the last war that Israel with the muslim nation will be their defeat…Russia will show whose side their with and it will be ugly…

  • Dick Navidad

    We need action and plan just what they did in Clinton administration! ^_^

    “The former Clinton administration once readied a detailed plan to bombard the Yongbyon nuclear facility when the impoverished nation began its plutonium-based program in the early 1990s, but it was aborted after Pyongyang signed a fission material cutoff deal. Since then, Seoul and Washington have proceeded with a deterrence policy to avoid another war on the Korean Peninsula.”

  • joboni96

    kerry to the world

    we will maintain our monopoly of
    destructive power

    para sundin niyo kami

    kami rin sabi ng nokor at iran
    ano ka bale

  • doublecross

    can you define: independent nation…north korea and iran, they are doing their own business outside world.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


    • tagatabas

       Nawala ka sa hulog… layo mo sa topic.

    • alfred

      @Edgardo mendoza…hindi mo iniisip ang mga sinasabi mo… wala ka sa ayos..umayos ka ha…..

  • Noel

    A good start as new US Foreign Sec by Kerry.

  • Alejandre Bax

    A the Great.

    there is no other worse than communism !!! read the history , they idolized charles darwin that’s why
    they kill people like pigs and chicken.

  • tarikan

    Come on people STOP sending food aid to these gung-ho “basterds”. Let them eat their enriched uranium full of vitamins. See those goose-stepping soldiers of the young dear leader? They looked well fed through the West’s food aid. Thick hides them basterds. 

  • asong ulol

    I don’t understand why these so called first world countries are pushing hard for the third world countries not to develop nuclear weapons when they themselves have stockpiles of it.                  Nuclear weapons are deterrent for a full scale war for it make countries think twice before launching war with other countries example of which is the cold war, have east has no nuclear weapon these countries must have been annihilated by the west and vice versa. Only these weapons have prevented a third world war both knowing that if any country is stupid enough to start one it could be the end of the world. So if all countries will have a nuclear weapon this world could be a much better place to live in. No country can blackmail another country to vow to their wishes.

    • stealth ice

      if these weapons fall into the hands of the terrorist then your dead too. think before you spread your bad breath.

  • stealth ice

    no amount of sanctions can put North Korea to its knees until China will do it’s shares of obligations.

    Only China can control North Korea. It’s China who is supplying North Korea with all their needs.

    Once North Korea will collapsed China will follow. North Korea is the perimeter defense of China from external forces.

    Unfortunately no one has the balls to attack North Korea because of China.

    Iraq was easily attacked because no superpower to backed them up.

    Iran has Russia on their side. Look whats happening in Syria. No one dares to interfere because of Russia. But look at Libya no superpower to lean on. lots of nations interfere until the government collapsed.

  • RomyLitz

    No need for China, Korea and Russia to sign or veto the SC proposal just send the troops to Korea for a rapid invasion.

  • Accountant Tax

    naive. ya, we are all naive. usa, un, and europe are naive to allow this to happen.
    iran is next. what the poor united nations can do is count. that is what it is doing in syria. count how many people died. count this and that. 
    if they will not do anything about china’s agression to the philippines, japan, and vietnam, they will do another body count there. the un is supposed to prevent war. but killing is happening everywhere. 

  • doublecross

    if the usa have their own nuke facilities, why the rising Nkoreans share their knowledge in making Nuke arsenal?
    if the Nkoreans agreed to world nuke making, why the common people is at risk?
    if the Nkoreans making the nuke for future use, why…why…why….why!

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