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US warns of consequences for North Korea

Last Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 10:21

Washington: North Korea ought to cease violation of its international obligations, the White House has said, noting that this would be better for both the country and its people.

"North Korea ought to cease violation of its international obligations and take the necessary steps to assure the international community of that cessation and that would be better for North Korea and better for the North Koreans," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference on Thursday.

"There is no question that North Korea`s flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions that apply to its nuclear program and to its ballistic missile program is matter of serious concern. And that continues to be the case," he said in response to a question.

Carney said there will be consequences for North Korean decision on its missile launch.

"Under this President, we have marshalled an international consensus about North Korean behaviour and applied the kind of sanctions that have further isolated and brought pain to the North Korean leadership, which is entirely appropriate," he said.

The United States is now left with no other option to increase pressure on North Korea, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference.

"With regard to our efforts to encourage the North Koreans to take a different path, incentives and pressure combined, encouraging this new leader to make a better choice for his people for regional security, which unfortunately does not seem to be the path that he has chosen," she said.

"So we are left with continuing to increase the pressure, and that`s what we will do to try to encourage them to change course, working with our partners," she said.

The United States, she said, is working hard with the Chinese and with its other partners to make it clear that the international community is extremely concerned about this flagrant violation of international law.

Responding to a question on the statement made by the North Korean leader that it will continue to launch satellites from now on, Nuland said this means that he doesn`t care about the future of his people because they`re just going to get poorer and hungrier and suffer more if that`s the course that he wants to take.

“He has a chance, as the new leader, to take his country back into the 21st century, to take it back into integration with the region and with the world. But he`s making the wrong choices right now," Nuland said.


First Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 10:21
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