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.

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Bravo Secretary of State Kerry for stating that! Bravo Obama and the USA!
    Boo North Korea–shut up.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      oh pleeze...cryin' monster baby throwin' a monster tantrum finally get picked need to be weaned off the bottle...

      April 12, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      PSSSSTTTTTT, North Korea is already a nuclear power.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Ah...but Kerry has his fingers in his ears while saying "Nananananana." That's what he means by "not accepting" them as a nuclear power. Brilliant!

      April 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    Bravo JIF!!!!

    April 12, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. temitayo yisa

    God gave you this initiative not to kill yourself but to develope your country

    April 12, 2013 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lucy

    I did not realize this administration was going to be such a warmongering provocative regime, and I voted for Obama. The united States needs to leave Korea and start spending those defense dollars stimulating the American eonomy!

    April 12, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This administration must address all threats made to the United States. Which NK most certainly did.
      If the POTUS were not to do anything, the hue and cry would then be "Why isn't Obama doing something? He's weak!!" He is doing precisely what he should be doing concerning NK – ALL threats must be taken seriously.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ Rascal, i agree! AND he needs to free his people thats been imprisoned for years in concentration~like work camps!!!

    April 12, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And CNN, you need to get with the times, China is no longer backing NK!

    April 12, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. UsGotRights

    Do you trust John Kerry to defuse north korea?
    After he said American Troops terrorize women and children.. and are baby killers and throws US Troops Medals away and gives money and weapons to countries that views United States of America as an enemy...

    April 12, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Yes, we are all aware it is a challenging situation – a totalitarian regime led by a twenty-nine year old nut in possession of intercontinental nuclear weapons, but this was inherited from Bush. Do not try and pin this on Kerry or the Obama administration.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Kerry will get the point across, yes.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Kim Jong Un is a young hothead who buys his own hype! He doesn't seem to care that what he's doing harms his own country & people! He needs to chill & go back to partying w/x-basketball players!!

    April 12, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Time for aggressive & sustained diplomacy was when Un took over.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Hope it works now.
    Better option than an all out war, possible consequences of which somehow are ignored by or escape many.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    hope kerry went in nere wearing his nursing bra: man, watch out for the teeth!

    April 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ronvan

    It is hard to deal with a "child" seeking attention and power, and the "supreme chubby ones" advisors are not helping!
    Could China stiop this? YOU BET! Just turn off the oil supply for a couple of days, that would get their attention!

    April 14, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    Kerry is an idiot, and I thank gawd he was never elected. Earth to Kerry, Earth to Kerry, they already are a nuclear power and have been for a number of years. What a political idiot. But the small minded will believe him.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. blake

    Duh. It already is Mr. Kerry.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Veritas

    So what then? After the Obama Administration sits back and allows them to become a nuclear power the "won't accept" reality? Now that's a great plan!

    April 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
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