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US asks North Korea to comply with international obligations

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 11:21

Washington: The US on Monday asked North Korea to comply with its international obligations and focus on the well-being of its people rather than spending lavishly on entertaining the elites of the country.

"The United States has direct channels of communications with the DPRK (or North Korea). And instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the North Korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people, who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

"We have urged the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama`s call to choose the path of peace and coming into compliance with its international obligations. North Korea`s actions, however, directly violate United Nations Security Council resolutions and threaten international peace and security," he said.

"I think that what I just said makes clear that North Korea ought to be focusing on its own citizens and opportunities to improve their lives, and the United States has channels of communications directly with the DPRK, and those are the channels we choose to employ," Carney said.

At another news conference, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the US diplomacy is focused on bringing North Korean in line with its international obligations.

"And what we`ve seen from this leader of North Korea, since taking power are provocative actions, ballistic missile tests, nuclear tests, continued starvation of people, continuing not to focus on lives of his own citizens," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 11:21

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