By Elise Labott
Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byong-se gave the North Korean regime a tough warning Tuesday about any provocations.
After an hour-long meeting at the State Department, the two men made statements. They took no questions.
Kerry said they spent most of their meeting discussing North Korea and that the United States and South Korea remain “firmly unified, ” and there’s “not a shred of daylight between us” on North Korean missile activity. The United States supports President Park Geun-hye’s pragmatic approach to North Korea, he said.
Kerry called upon Pyongyang to start down the path of fulfilling its international obligations and called on them to denuclearize.
“We we will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, nor a nuclear armed state,” he said, nor would the international community. The United States remains fully supportive to the defense of South Korea with the “full range of U.S. military capabilities” and will “modernize to be prepared to face any threat. “
Yun called the latest developments on the Korean Penninsula very serious. He said he and Kerry reviewed recent events, agreed to enhance cooperation and intensify consultations, to maintain stability, and seek progress on the North Korean nuclear program.
“In the any event of North Korean provocation, we will both respond according to our joint posture and take measures which we deem necessary,” Yun said.
The meeting was long-scheduled and not related to former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea.