May 24th, 2010
08:33 AM ET
8 years ago

White House backs South Korea's toughened stance

(CNN) - The White House issued a statement Monday morning supporting South Korea's decision to suspend trade and toughen its military stance toward North Korea.

The statement said measures announced by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Monday are "called for and entirely appropriate." Lee's speech came in the wake of an official investigation's findings that North Korea fired a torpedo on a South Korean warship.

"Specifically, we endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent and threatening behavior," the White House statement said. "U.S. support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal, and the President has directed his military commanders to coordinate closely with their Republic of Korea counterparts to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression."

Filed under: North Korea • Obama administration
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. ajax

    Doesn't this administration realize how stupid their tough talk sounds to the rest of the world?Obama is just doing this to take people's minds off the fact that so many people can't find work.

    May 24, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. The Indonesian Tiger

    I am confident that the President has thought this through, has consulted with his trusted friend, Colin Powell, and is prepared to apply the Powell Doctrine to North Korea if necessary.

    Barack Obama is not to be triffled with .... any doubts ... ask those dead Somali pirates or ask those Taliban and al Quedians that have been on the receiving end of Predator drone missiles.

    May 24, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Lib Hunter

    Maybe Obama could teach the South Korean President how to write one of those "strongly worded letters" to North Korea. I mean its really done a great job at scaring Iran into stopping its Nuke program. Oh Wait............

    May 24, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Always Fight The Good Fight

    Boy, I wish the Bush adminstration had not taken us into Iraq and Afghanistan unnecessarily.

    The President would have a stronger, more well rested and reset military to apply in his foreign policy challenges if not for the prior administrations poor choices.

    Mr. President, get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan, use these savings to cut the defict and give our armed forces time to recover it's vigor and strength so that you can hammer those where you decide we need to.

    May 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. thor

    This is so silly.Like the North Koreans are going to do anything the wanting them to do.Obama is still working on his next Nobel Peace award.Maybe he can invite them to a beer summit and make nice.

    May 24, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Really the United States dont need to be ripping up North Korean flags and putting pigs heads with knives in it on the flag the American people arnt to crazy about reinstating the draft to fight another war lets sit this one out .

    May 24, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I wonder if that is real reassuring to the South Koreans knowing that the Obozo administration caves and apologizes to all dictators. If I were an ally of this country with these idiiots in charge, I would have no trust, they are a bunch of lying, corrupt, union toadies.

    May 24, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Incredulous

    Get ready working class America, this could be another employment opportunity.

    May 24, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Bob in PA

    With BO in charge, that's like bracing a spine with a toothpick.

    May 24, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |