Kerry lands in South Korea amid North Korea's nuclear threats
April 12th, 2013
05:25 AM ET

Kerry lands in South Korea amid North Korea's nuclear threats

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in South Korea on Friday for a trip likely to focus on North Korea's recent nuclear threats and provocations.

Kerry, who landed in Seoul, is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. The Korean peninsula is rife with tensions over the belligerent threats issued by Pyongyang.

Shortly after his arrival, Kerry told reporters at a news conference with the South Korean foreign minister that the United States and South Korea agree that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power.

"The rhetoric that we are hearing is simply unacceptable,” Kerry said.

Kerry also said that the United States is prepared to enter into talks with North Korea, but only if the North is serious about negotiating the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. HELzANGEL

    Its time this world we live in gets an enema .the bottom line ,if these countries and terrorists want to act out lash out kill innocent people, Easy enough let the people of Korea no thats if you dont believe in your leaders action get out and get out fast, then just level the whole dame place, you want to cause problems in this already troubled planet then where just gona remove you. Break the law go to jail make threats of nuclear war then be removed its that simple fokes

    April 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  2. Hdrtuk Fdfgyk

    I DONT SEE THE "REAL" ADVANTAGES OF BEING STUCK ON STUPID AS THE US IS. AMERICA IS A FAIRYTAIL @ BEST. WHO EVER TOUCHED THAT NEW BRIDGE 2 CANADA AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND ANYONE ANYPLACE ELSE THAT TOUCHED THAT PAPERWORK SHOULD BE FIRED–YOU ARE THE REASON AMERICA IS A FAILED STATE (OR AS LIERS SAY: THE BEST COUNTRY ON EARTH).

    April 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • wjm

      Obviously no has told you yet today, so I will, shut up stupid your to dumb to be allowed to think and write, let alone use a keyboard. Idiot!

      April 14, 2013 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • grammernazi

      *liar

      April 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  3. helenecha

    Everybody knows Kerry is not just unhappy with the rhetoric North Korea made. Exactly, Kerry is very gentleman, but is he sure that it is an advantage in building a good relationship with North Korea?

    April 13, 2013 at 12:20 am | Reply
  4. Hdftuk Ffgyk

    AMERICA ALREADY DID THAT KERRY AND KOREAS ALREADY DID THAT MANY MANY MANY TIMES IT WAS ON THE NEWS YESTERDAY YET HERE WE ARE AGAIN STUPID ASS AMERICANS SPENDING TAX PAYER DOLLARS ON INSLAVING AMERICANS

    April 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  5. Jaimie

    kim Jong Un's North Korean monarchy will never stop its nuclear programs. Never ever to be trusted at all. Kim Jung Un wants other countries to feed North Korea. They should get no help from anyone and let them faultier on their own.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  6. thomasmc1957

    Now isn't that just a bit provocative? I mean, Kerry is like 3 feet taller than Kim Jong Un!

    April 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  7. Hhftyijgy Dftyijhftyu

    SATAN LOVES AMERICA VERY VERY MUCH

    April 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • thomasmc1957

      You do?

      April 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Jaimie

      North Korea also

      April 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  8. Hhftyijgy Dftyijhftyu

    (...)OBAMA IS VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY AFFRAID. AMERICA IS (IS) INCOHERENT. AMERICANS NOW STAB EACH OTHER IN THE BACK IN THE NAME OF CHINA. OBAMA IS NOW JUMPING OVER BACKWARDS TOO HURT AS MAY AMERICANS & AMERICA AS POSSIBLE THROUGH HIS OWN NEW PERSONAL POLICY–IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN REMIND THEM THAT THEY HAVE NO FUTURE IN AMERICA AND THEIR ENTIRE LIVES AT BEST WILL BE A LIE(...)

    April 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • thomasmc1957

      R U retarded?

      April 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • HELzANGEL

      Just to clear up one false statement The President Of the USA is not afraid at all, he is just waiting to see what this little little spoiled Fat Child wants to do next, Kims countrys is starving but i dont think Kim is missing any meals. If you dont tell the world I am a Nuclear Power Im gona cry and make more threats, Hell Ther own country will probaly take KIm out before this over

      April 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  9. Dr. Salah Sultan

    Iran has announced that if the USA unlawfully attacks NK that they will be at war with Iran as well. The USA would be defeated by either country individually. But combined they would devistate the USA. The USA is arrogant. This is exactly why countries need nuclear weapons. To protect against the evil that america is. The USA is in decline. Iran is a SUPERPOWER, who will remove the scourge of america from the middle east and possibly the world.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • itahmed

      Trust me, USA can take down N. Korea and Iran in a heart beat. USA Air Force is second to none. USA cannot invade Iran or N Korea otherwise they can suffer a lot of casualties.

      Rest assured, N. Korea will not fire anything nor do anything foolish like that. They are just talking and threatening that they will do something but it is just talk and talk is cheap. Very similar to the way Iran has been talking about their rival (Israel). Just talk.

      April 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Sultan,do you have any idea what the hell you're talking about,do you!!Do you or any of your rag headed buddies have any idea what power Americans wields with more nuclear weapons with enough capacity to destroy this earth 1000x over bud!!Do you know what talking out your ass means because I've heard farts with more intelligence than you sand loving nitwits seem to possess..Do us all a favor go to Best Buy or somewhere that sells computers that don't have their cap locks jammed down ,it just to show the imtellligence of people like you that fornacate with goats that's all and camels if you can reach that high as well!!

      April 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • kris

      @salah
      are you kidding me? The United States of America has the strongest, largest and best trained military in the world(even on your end) we would turn those countries to dust faster than you can imagine, and no America isn't arrogant, its called confidence and you want to talk about evil? why dont you ask a citizen of north korea how they feel about their country? then come back

      April 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • kris

      @salah
      we have people target shooting in their back yards that can take out iran

      April 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  10. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    April 12, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
  11. StanCalif

    We don't need to have any "talks" with North Korea! What we need is very serious discussions with China!
    NK is just a puppet state of China and China seems to have lost control. Until we convince China that their economy will collapse if they refuse to get their naughty little brother under control, nothing will change.
    No more "talks" with North Korea! It is China who should be talking with Little Fat Boy!

    April 12, 2013 at 7:29 am | Reply
  12. 1371usmc

    Take our check book and a twinky to the talks.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:43 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @1371usmc,tell Kerry to talk to China about UNs behavior and basicly put him in time out..If he wants to act like a spoiled brat then treat him as such and please tell UN to stay on the porch so the big boys can play..We don't as well as China,S Korea need another war and its nasty consequences like millions of fleeing N Korean refugees heading to S Korea or China at N Koreas expense..And China doesn't want to spend anymore on foriegn aid to N Korea than it has too right!!

      April 12, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • 1371usmc

        When i acted like a brat i got the belt across my backside and i learned the lesson very quickly.

        April 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
      • Pete

        @1371usmc,yah I remember too and my old man said if you're too big for the belt I'll give yah the belt buckel and boy did that leave an ugly mark,take care!!And please John Smith go away or go get drunk and get laid you obviously need it!!

        April 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm |

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