Obama Speaks On North Korea
The president speaks sternly to Pyongyang.
“North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or by provocations,” Obama said at a joint press conference here with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. “North Korea knows its obligations, and it must take irreversible steps to meet those obligations. On this, the United States and the Republic of Korea are absolutely united.”
After a formal bilateral meeting with Lee at the Blue House – the South Korean equivalent of the White House – Obama spoke sternly to Pyongyang. His remarks came hours after reports emerged that North Korea has moved a long-range missile into position ahead of a launch it’s scheduled next month to commemorate the 100th birthday of late leader Kim Il Sung.
Sunday also marked the end of the 100-day mourning period for the most recent past leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, as the United States and the rest of the international community try to better understand his son and successor Kim Jong Un.
Obama said, “It’s not clear exactly who is calling the shots” in the new North Korean regime, “but regardless of the North Korean leadership, what is clear is that they have not yet made that strategic pivot where they say to themselves, ‘what we’re doing is not yet working.’”