Nuclear North Korea unacceptable, Kerry says
April 12th, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Nuclear North Korea unacceptable, Kerry says

[Updated at 9:23 a.m. ET] The United States will talk to North Korea, but only if the country gets serious about negotiating the end of its nuclear weapons program, Secretary of State John Kerry said after arriving Friday in Seoul for talks with U.S. ally South Korea.

"North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power," Kerry said.

His trip to South Korea part of an Asian swing that also includes North Korean ally China comes a day after a Pentagon intelligence assessment surfaced suggesting the country may have developed the ability to fire a nuclear-tipped missile at its foes.

Disclosed first by a congressman at a hearing Thursday and then confirmed to CNN by the Defense Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency assessment is the clearest acknowledgment yet by the United States about potential advances in North Korea's nuclear program.

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  1. JP

    The point is not that Kerry is recognizing for the first time that NK is a nuclear power, but that they will not continue to be one. There days are becoming numbered. I believe the US will crush them, then China will swoop in and take all their fresh water...

    April 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SmellsFishy

    Ah come on Kerry why don't we let the nutty puppet into the club? We had our own nutty puppet dictator for 8 years prior to Obama with access to the Red Button.. how can that be worse?

    April 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • wilsonart

      Really smells fishy, puppet dictator comparing to NK?

      April 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    Who cares if Kerry wont accept N. Korea as a nuclear power. Im sure north korea could give a dam what he thinks.

    April 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. In&out

    There can be no true friends without true enemies.

    Unless we hate what we are not, we cannot love what we are.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Richard

    And North Korea Will answer to that: the World existance is unaCCeptable – Why dont USA just Invade Korea... Right.. there is no oil there!!! there is no interest to deffend... lets Bomb Iran instead... George Bush, please come back to power!! we need a War!!

    April 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gbd001

      Oh don't you worry, we don't need George W back to start another war. Obama is quite good at starting them himself, illegally, such as in Libya and Yemen to name just two, and sending plenty of arms to the bad guys.

      April 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    North Korea and Iran – One of the last countries without a Rothschild Central Bank. The question is, Will they submit to Rothschild's Central Bank or be destroyed for resisting?

    Same story, different country.

    Who's next to have nukes? Cuba?

    April 20, 2013 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ivo

    And what are you going to do?if you do not accept something ,you should say what are you going to do in support of your rejection,,,,,,or ask yourself whether the world is ready to accept your decision,or prefers to obstruct it in many ways,just because is fed up with your country and likes its humiliation at least

    April 20, 2013 at 2:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. gbd001

    So what's Obama going to do, start another of his illegal wars like in Libya, Yemen and other places?

    April 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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