May 26th, 2010
06:54 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton pledges support for South Korea

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Wednesday with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak."]Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Washington's support for South Korea and called on North Korea to end belligerent actions after meetings with President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on Wednesday.

"We will stand with you in this difficult hour and we will stand with you always," Clinton said at a news conference with Yu.

We call on North Korea to halt its provocations and its policy of threats and belligerence toward its neighbors and take steps now to fulfill its denuclearization commitments and comply with international law."

The meetings come at a time of high tensions on the Korean peninsula after Seoul blamed North Korea for the sinking in March of the South Korean warship Cheonan.

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  1. sally

    "We will stand with you in this difficult hour and we will stand with you always," Clinton said at a news conference with Yu. WHAT??? why are we doing NOTHING??? are we wimps??? what kind of impact is that if we do nothing more than stand and whimper. this country is currently run by people afraid to confront to tough stuff. stand by them. what a farce. yeah, and nk is standing by them as well laughing as they now realize they have opportunity to strut their stuff. everything nasty of this nature this admin can point at another admin and have the out card if it falls through, not this time and what are we, the gutful, doing? rhetoric. an act of war and we have lunch and babble. wimps.

    May 26, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. Mann

    International Law?.........Uh It sounds like one world government to me.

    May 26, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but it just may be time to finish the unfinished job, that Hoover left in Korea.

    May 26, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    Question - is the problem with North Korea or is it with Kim Jong II? What happens when there's a new dictator? What will change or will anything change? What would happen if North Koreans realized that Kim Jong II has oppressed them for all these years?

    May 26, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Larry

    Hillary is as phony as her husband. That's Korea's problem, not ours.

    May 26, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    More talk,,, no action, North Korea holds all the cards against the weak incompetent Obama administration.

    May 26, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Paul from Phoenix

    At what point is Obama going to come out with a definitive statement condeming what the North Koreans did? THe only statement he has made is that he supports Hillary's position. Wow, real leadership shown there.

    May 26, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That short, crazy guy in Pyuongyang needs to be assassinated along with his son who is his successor. That torpedo launch was an act of war and senseless aggression.

    May 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    Here we go again,playing cops for the world.Maybe its time to end this war.

    May 26, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. jimmy carter

    I was in Korea in 1952 & 53 First Marine Div and our military forces were trying to train the Roc Army to defend themselves. We have maintained the military support (some 30,000 strong) there since that time and on occasions some fairly strong protest of us being there has developed. How much more do we have to do and how much more protesting do we have to listen to???? I think we have also have quad-tripled their economy in areas of apparel (they are the sewing capital of the world) and other industries such as steel fabrication. To further cap this off I think we have about 30,000 American buried there who gave their last full measure of devotion beyond the call of duty. I could bet their families received less than $50,000.00 from our government and perhaps not a dime from Korea except for the protest of recent years.
    We should take a hard look before jumping in for some one who let's our great sons and daughter's do their protection.

    May 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Bobby

    Are you kidding me? Your neighbor shoots down a sub, kills 47 of your fellow country men serving in the navy, and all they do is say "halt your threats and belligerence"? Seriously? I mean this is a clear act of war... I guess the truce they signed 50 years ago means nothing???

    May 26, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |