Abandon nuclear programme or lose aid, Hillary Clinton warns North Korea
US secretary of state's comments come as Pyongyang reportedly prepares to test Taepodong-2 ballistic missile
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, today warned North Korea that it stood to lose vital economic aid unless it took immediate steps to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.
In a move that could heighten tensions between the two countries, Pyongyang is reportedly preparing to test a Taepodong-2 ballistic missile believed to have sufficient range to reach US territory.
Speaking in Tokyo on her first overseas trip as secretary of state, Clinton warned the Pyongyang regime against going ahead with the threatened launch, saying it would damage its prospects for improved relations with the US and the world.
Without prompting, she told reporters at a joint news conference with the Japanese foreign minister, Hirofumi Nakasone, that the rumoured test would jeopardise the Obama administration's willingness improve ties with Pyongyang.
"The possible missile launch that North Korea is talking about would be very unhelpful in moving our relationship forward," she said.(excerpted) read more at guardian.co.uk
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hillary Clinton talks tough to North Korea(video)
Hillary Clinton talked tough to North Korea about nuclear weapons and missile launches while visiting Japan. This is a refreshing change from the weak position Hillay Clinton and the Obama administration have taken towards Iran. Clinton made these remarks unprompted. You have to wonder if they were planned or not. Hillary Clinton can talk tough all she wants, but President Obama has to support her. So far, he has not shown he has that kind of courage and wisdom.