Following its fifth ballistic-missile test in five days, President Obama said on Friday that North Korea will face further sanctions over its refusal to halt its nuclear program and continued testing of projectiles in the region.
“To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state,” Obama stated after his return from Asia.
Prior to Friday’s tests, on Monday, as the G20 Summit was underway in China, North Korea fired three missiles into the Sea of Japan. Similarly, Pyongyang announced it had detonated a 10-kiloton nuclear warhead on Friday at its Punggye-ri test site.
In addition to the condemnation delivered by the White House, China rebuked Pyongyang’s continued testing sharply today. Chinese President Xi Jinping has long opposed North Korea’s missile program, but until recently had refrained from criticizing Pyongyang in public.
Characterizing North Korea’s week-long tests as “a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability,” Mr. Obama said he had been in contact with Seoul and Tokyo’s leadership Friday and that the three nations had vowed to take all necessary steps to halt Pyongyang’s “unlawful and dangerous” actions.
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