U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the North’s recent belligerent rhetoric “unacceptable” and said the U.S. will defend itself as well as South Korea and Japan from any threat from the North.
“Nuclear threats are not a game,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a news conference in Andorra. “The current crisis has already gone too far.”
President Obama administration’s flexing of military muscle has so far had the intended effect of reassuring Seoul, but that a risk remains that rising U.S. military pressure could provoke Pyongyang into a rash move.
In addition to flying B-52 and B-2 bombers over South Korea and putting a pair of F-22 fighter planes on display, the U.S. also has begun to reinforce regional defenses, moving two guided missile destroyers into position off the coast of South Korea to boost missile defenses.
In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China had expressed its “regret” over Pyongyang’s declaration, though he reiterated Beijing’s previous hesitant approach on international sanctions, saying they “cannot solve the problem fundamentally.”
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Speaker Yoshihide Suga told reporters that restarting the Yongbyon nuclear plant “would be a grave concern for Japan.”
By. Amani Ambani
New York News