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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2013

Statement by the President on North Korean announcement of nuclear test


North Korea announced today that it conducted a third nuclear test. This is a highly provocative act that, following its December 12 ballistic missile launch, undermines regional stability, violates North Korea’s obligations under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions, contravenes its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, and increases the risk of proliferation. North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to U.S. national security and to international peace and security. The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region.

These provocations do not make North Korea more secure. Far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong and prosperous nation, North Korea has instead increasingly isolated and impoverished its people through its ill-advised pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

The danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community. The United States will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.
 

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  •  J. R.'s diary below... (0+ / 0-)

    interesting juxtaposition.

    ? or serendipity ...

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 06:18:39 AM PST

  •  Addendum to statement (1+ / 0-)
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    iandhr

    Our first priority remains preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb that could threaten Israel.  That North Korea actually has the bomb and, unlike Iran, has actually threatened to use it against the United States, is of secondary concern.

    www.buonoforgovernor.com

    by Paleo on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:01:22 AM PST

    •  The Onion mentioned this in 2003 (0+ / 0-)

      http://www.theonion.com/...

      PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA—As the U.S. continues to inch toward war with Iraq, a jealous and frustrated North Korea is wondering what it has to do to attract American military attention.

      "What does it take to get a few F-16s or naval warships deployed to the Yellow Sea?" North Korean president Kim Jong Il asked Monday. "In the past month and a half, we've expelled U.N. nuclear inspectors, withdrawn from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, restarted a mothballed nuclear complex capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium, and threatened to resume missile tests. You'd think that would be enough to get a measly Marine division or two on standby in the Pacific, but apparently not."

      Kim said his nation is "way more deserving" of B-52 deployment than Iraq.

      "Bush says his number one priority is eliminating weapons of mass destruction, but he sure doesn't act that way," Kim said. "Iraq may have weapons of mass destruction and may be developing more. The DPRK, on the other hand, does have weapons of mass destruction and isn't about to stop making them any time soon."

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