May 21st, 2010
08:36 AM ET
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Clinton: N. Korea must face consequences

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that North Korea must faces consequences after a report that it fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship in March.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that North Korea must faces consequences after a report that it fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship in March.

(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that North Korea must faces consequences after a report that it fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship in March.

"I think it's important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences," she said amid heightened tensions and a diplomatic war of words between Seoul and Pyongyang over the incident. "We cannot allow the attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community."

Clinton was speaking in Tokyo, Japan, for the first leg of her week-long tour in Asia. She said she was consulting with international allies to find the appropriate reaction.

North Korea threatened to back out of a nonaggression pact between the nations, while the South Korean president accused its northern neighbor of engaging in military provocation, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

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  1. ajax

    I'm sure the North Korean are shaking in their boots now that Hillary has laid down the law !!! This administration is a joke.

    May 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. MatthewDetroit

    Yeah RIGHT....

    Hillary who are you and Obama kidding...

    You two wimps are not going to do crap...

    What are you going to do...impose some more sanctions....or pay them like Bill did for 8 years NOT to make nuclear weapons...

    Yeah right...Not a thing... They killed 46 sailors and sunk a ship....you clowns are weak and worthless.....

    You are almost as good a Secretary of State as Albright under your husband....

    May 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. MatthewDetroit

    Maybe Barack can go apologize for the US again....

    Maybe he can go bow down to the North Korean President....

    Maybe he can go pray with him to Islam...

    Too bad the Koreans dont worship Islam like Barry does otherwise they would have something in common.

    May 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. obama victim

    when North Korea was testing missiles.....Barry said that was "unacceptable".............so now they have moved on to attacking ships of other countries............Barry is a weak loser, other countries do what they want and laugh at him

    May 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Joe from Ohio

    What is Hillary and Barry going to do besides move their lips – NOTHING.

    Maybe they should go to North Korea and tell them the US is SORRY that we did't give them better Torpedos. Those that can not be detected. T

    Yes, it is the fault of the US!

    May 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. ART

    China needs to step up and start taking a hard line with their renegade step child North Korea, enough is enough. This is the 21st century and we have to deal with this mental midget on an on going basis. Oh and by the fair is fair is an idiot and his name id President Obama not barry have some respect you idiot

    May 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "Forget N. Korea and Iran, people. America's biggest enemy is the international jew."

    You're dry cleaner just called... your brownshirts are ready.

    May 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Theres alot of people wanting another war we cant afford there's a reason why we didnt win the last time we went to war with North Korea those people are as crazy as the Muslims .

    May 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. JM

    Hillary,

    Save your reputation and get out of this administration now before it destroys any credability you have.

    May 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. SocialismBad

    "must face consequences"??? Why NOW?! They haven't "faced consequences" for ANY of their attacks, violations, behavior and now they possess nuclear weapons.

    These lunatics are not impressed with Clinton and Obama paper tiger proclamations. These dummies are going to get us into an all out war with these lunatics if they don't watch out. The Chinese hold the olnly cards with regards to North Korea. Any pressure must be applied to THEM.

    We should tell them to disarm North Korea of all nukes or we will ensure the rest of Asia gets them. It is crazy for only the kooks to possess the bomb and have civilized countries held hostage by them.

    And where is the UN in all this? Talk about TOTALLY USELESS!!!

    May 21, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Rickster

    lol.....nobody takes the Obama regime seriously. Ohhhh, more finger wagging and some serious frowns.......ohhh my.

    I'm sure kommandant Obama will take this up with the democrats beloved U.N. who will respond by appointing N. Korea to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    May 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Joe

    Lets play right in their hands. The North Koreans wants the attention and probably wants a war, the only way they know how to get their point accross. Obviously the people of North Korea that will suffer most, and their government will get even stronger. Same with Iran, sanctions, sanctions and you think that 's going to bring the Iranian Government to its knee. In the controrary the Iranian Government will get even stronger and the Iranian people will suffer more out of it.

    May 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Sounds like a line from "Team America."

    "If you do not comply we will be very angry with you. And then we will send you a letter that says we are very angry with you!"

    May 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Thomas

    ""We cannot allow the attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community.""

    whoa there Ms Secretary. Where do you get this "we" stuff?

    This is an issue concerning South Korea. Why not let South Korea handle this problem in the way that best supports South Korea's national policy.

    There is no need for the United States to stick it's head in this hornet's nest at this time.

    The United States is not the military tool of the South Korean government. Please don't go and "volunteer" American lives to solve what is a South Korean problem.

    If the current state of war escallates, then, throught the United Nations, we might contribute (contribute, not take over) the situtation.

    May 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Joe

    If they haven't done so already, I think the US should quietly and secretly send a clear and blunt message to N. K, through diplomatic channels that they trust , that any further threats or actions against S. K. will result in a pre-emptive nuclear strike against N. K, wiping them off the face of the earth. It's only when some one stands up to the bully and actually bloodies his nose that he backs off and stops his bullying behavior.

    May 21, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Tori in Texas

    What is it with all the chickenhawks here who think we should just nuke NK? These are the same people who supported Bush/Cheney's wars at every turn, yet refuse to enlist to help defend our Constitution. I bet none of these people have even taken a History of War class, let alone American Military History class. Ever read the Art of War? I bet most of these anti-Obama weasels are Republican gun nuts, who get a charge out of pretending to be semi-informed and tough. In reality, they are just sore losers and paranoid little children with self esteem issues. Let the experts decide on a course of action. Most of these comments are nothing but fantasies of cowards.

    May 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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