Kerry: US will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and US Secretary of State John Kerry deliver remarks to the media in the Treaty Room of the US State Department after their private meeting on Monday.
January 7th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Kerry: US will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state

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.

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    Geez I wonder why is it because they threaten us every day with nuclear weapons . It's funny because North Korea could be such a beautiful country they could make millions off of tourism .

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    Oh boy, sounds like Obama is drawing another red line.

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    this will come back to haunt him.....

    January 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
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    "Better watch what you say because your words is your wand."

    January 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  11. Mark K

    Yeah, we'll just sanction the hell out of them for the next two decades. . . until they get bored and nuke us to put us out of our misery.

    January 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  12. sftommy

    Will US accept NK as a nuclear state once Kin begins the nuclear blackmail?

    Heads in the sand just give NK time to enrich more uranium and perfect those long range missiles.

    No dialogue is the worst sort of diplomacy.

    January 10, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • ED4

      Actually the nuclear blackmail (attempted) already started during NK last temper tantrum. It didn't work at getting additional aid from the West. I don't believe NK has working nukes. Detonating a nuke under a million tons of earth does not count. Every year they get closer though and within ten years they will have an open air detonation complete with that classic mushroom cloud.

      January 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  13. DWEBSTER

    NK already is a nuclear State. Kerry's words won't change that and he has nothing to offer except words

    January 10, 2014 at 9:34 am | Reply
  14. CharlieSeattle

    Kerry is a |diot. North Korea IS a nuclear power.

    Thanks to Bush, Clinton and Bush.

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    January 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • saeed

      all usa problems where made by bush the economic crisis the crisis with iran because bush called iran axis of evil.

      January 10, 2014 at 12:48 am | Reply
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    Look at the mess this U.S.A. Congress has created around the world.

    They are leading the world towards another Great War.

    January 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  16. clockwork angel

    Got news for ya...they allready are a nuclear state.

    January 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  17. mojave45

    Some one needs to tell Kerry and Oblameless that North Korea is already a Nuclear state. And they haven't done a thing about it. While the North Korean problem has been brewing since the fifties, Oblameless let them go nuclear and stay nuclear.

    January 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Tired of it

      d a blackle search. They have had the bomb for a while

      January 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • puffybrain

      The ignorance level of people has always made me smile or walk away shaking my head from side to side; thanks for the cheer! Obama has been in office for 5 years and North Korea has put together 3 nukes in that short time; that's good one! The republican's are always saying that Americans are smarted than that; finally I meet one smart a– American!

      January 10, 2014 at 2:10 am | Reply
  18. JFK

    Does anyone really think North Korea gives a hoot about what the Vietnam fraud thinks.

    January 9, 2014 at 9:42 am | Reply
  19. simplyput

    Someone needs to warn Rodman that when he drinks with you execution from dear leader can follow. Send Rodman to the stadium the next time 80 Christians are executed, and make him watch with the other 10,000 people. forced to witness these atrocities. That ought to stop the power -FORWARD. This guy ought to be the poster child for any anti-drug campaign.

    January 9, 2014 at 9:12 am | Reply
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      January 10, 2014 at 1:39 am | Reply
  21. jerrylax

    who cares what or what not kerry will or will not accept…he is a nothing. This is not news and is not significant...

    January 8, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  22. Michael

    Clearly a tepid, mealy mouthed response to the Rodman peace initiative. Kerry and his Korean puppet are powerless only Dennis Rodman breaks down barriers and changes the balance of power.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Reply
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    I would agree until North Korea becomes a rational country in logic.

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    Basicly Kerry is using the exact same language for NK that he is used on Iran, yet now Kerry is Iran's best friend, and Kerry has done nothing but help Iran continue to proliferate hmmmmm.

    January 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
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    Never. Rogue states like NK should not be recognized as nuclear states.

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    January 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
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    Kerry is a little late to the party, whether we accept them as a nuclear state or not changes nothing. Sticking our head in the sand is not effective foreign policy!

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    But the U.S. will accept Iran as a nuclear state? A nation whose leader stated at a United Nations assembly that Iran will wipe Israel off the map.

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      How many countries has USA threatened with nukes? McArthur threatened to wipe out 20 Chinese cites during Korean War, and H.Clinton said ANY kind of Iranian attack on her beloved Isreal would end up with US "destroying Iran". Sabre rattling has always been part + parcel of US Foreign Policy.

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  32. saeed

    and what the hell is usa going to do about that 1 miss step and a chinese icbm removes the entire american continent of the surface of this planet usa puts a carrier battle group outside korea and china puts its own carrier battle group right beside the usa 1 honestly if usa really wanted a fight it wouldent be all this talk the truth is that usa and britain and ireland and ghana and norway and all these losers are cowards.

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  33. Smitty

    Well im sure they will stop now with Lurch on the case !!!!! Finally a guy who is lamer than Obammy !!!!

    January 7, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Reply
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    Too late Kerry! NK IS a nuclear state, what are you talking about? What about Pakistan? Here is an "ally" of the US who would just as soon stab us in the back as would NK! What about Israel? Another non-ally pretending to be our best friend! Iran? Again too late!

    January 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Reply
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  37. cutmilspending

    They didn't take any questions at the end because Kerry was concerned about potential awkward and embarrassing moments if any of the reporters brought up questions regarding Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the WW2 war criminal shrine, given that he is hosting the foreign minister of South Korea.

    January 7, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  38. Ricksanchez1

    North Korea is already a nuclear state, just like Israel. The headline should read "US won't RECOGNIZE nuclear state..."

    January 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Smitty

      OOOOh cmon dude, lurch gave them a tough warning. That should solve everything=NOT !!!! Good point on your part.

      January 7, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Reply

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