May 25th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama responds to North Korea's reported nuclear test

The White House issued the following statement from the president early Monday morning:


Today, North Korea said that it has conducted a nuclear test in violation of international law. It appears to also have attempted a short range missile launch. These actions, while not a surprise given its statements and actions to date, are a matter of grave concern to all nations. North Korea's attempts to develop nuclear weapons, as well as its ballistic missile program, constitute a threat to international peace and security.

By acting in blatant defiance of the United Nations Security Council, North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international community. North Korea's behavior increases tensions and undermines stability in Northeast Asia. Such provocations will only serve to deepen North Korea's isolation. It will not find international acceptance unless it abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants action by the international community. We have been and will continue working with our allies and partners in the Six-Party Talks as well as other members of the U.N. Security Council in the days ahead.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” so they will be able to kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war

    I am sure the President and the Secretary of State will both work with the six party delegation and the United Nations to compose a reasoned but stern response to the North Koreans.

    May 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. bert

    I do not understand any reason behind NK developing this capability.

    This is not a good thing, and all of the Nations that are smart enough to be concerned should do something now because this should not go unchecked.

    This is exactly the reason we have to know which battles we need to be fighting. We do not need to be in Iraq. We need to be thinking about Iran and North Korea.

    Nip it in the bud.

    May 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |