Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kerry warns of punishment for NKorea nuclear test

I am sure the new SECSTATE did not want to be dealing with this problem the first week.  But it will be interesting to see what he and the ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs have in mind as far as punishment if (or when) the north conducts its nuclear test.

Kerry warns of punishment for NKorea nuclear test


SEOUL, South Korea, Feb 5: New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart have agreed to make sure North Korea is punished if it carries out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. Amid signs that such a test is coming, South Korea´s president also speculated that Pyongyang may detonate multiple atomic devices simultaneously.

Under a U.N. Security Council resolution last month condemning a North Korean long-range rocket launch that the U.N. and others call a disguised test of banned missile technology, Pyongyang is subject to new sanctions if it detonates its third nuclear device since 2006. 

North Korea announced last month that it will conduct a nuclear test to protest the toughened sanctions over its December launch, which delivered a satellite into orbit.

During a phone conversation between Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, "there was agreement that ... if the DPRK continues its provocative behavior and takes further steps, that there must be further consequences," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday. DPRK is the acronym for North Korea´s official name, the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea.

North Korea may simultaneously conduct multiple nuclear tests as it tries to create a warhead small enough to fit atop a long-range missile, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told the South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, in an interview published Tuesday. Lee did not say whether his comments were based on intelligence findings.

A North Korean nuclear test "seems to be imminent," South Korea´s U.N. Ambassador Kim Sook said Monday at a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York.
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