▲ Up
00:01 09-10-2015
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
Obama arrives in Seoul amid North Korea nuclear fears

Bishkek (AKIpress) - obama President Barack Obama says it may be time to consider further sanctions against North Korea "that have even more bite" as the country is threatening its fourth nuclear test.

Addressing a joint news conference alongside South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Obama said threats by North Korea will get it "nothing except further isolation" from the global community. But Obama acknowledged there are limits to what impacts additional penalties can have on the country.

"North Korea already is the most isolated country in the world by far," Obama said. "Its people suffer terribly because of the decisions its leaders have made. And we are not going to find a magic bullet that solves this problem overnight," AP cites.

Obama said the missile technology and nuclear weapons that North Korea is developing pose a direct threat to Korea and Japan, two very close U.S. allies in the region, but to the United States as well.

"We can't waver in our intention. We have to make sure that, in strong concert with our allies, that we are continuing to press North Korea to change its approach," Obama said, presenting a united front in the presence of Park.

The White House said it was keeping close tabs on activity at North Korea's nuclear test site, where commercial satellite imagery this week showed increased activity. Park said the assessment of her government is that North Korea is "fully ready now" to conduct another nuclear test. "This is a very tense situation," she said.

"President Obama's visit to South Korea sends a strong message to North Korea that its provocative acts cannot be tolerated," she said.

Obama also noted that his visit comes at a time of "great sorrow" for South Korea, which is mourning the loss of more than 300 people in a ferry that sank off the country's southwestern coast. The vast majority of the victims were high school students.

"So many were young students with their entire lives ahead of them," Obama said, invoking his two daughters, both close in age to many of the ferry victims. "I can only imagine what the parents are going through at this point, the incredible heartache."

He said he was donating a magnolia tree from the White House lawn to the high school in honor of the lives lost and a symbol of friendship between the U.S. and South Korea.

16:34 25.04.2014
17:41 Tokyo National Museum hosts concert of traditional Kyrgyz music17:38 Meat prices decrease in Mongolia17:28 Kazakhstan says it might have 20 undeveloped oil fields17:21 Campaign against domestic violence starts in Ulaanbaatar17:13 Economy Ministry expects approval of full or partial abolishment of sales tax by parliament soon17:10 4 mln heads of livestock to spend winter in Mongolia's Khovsgol province17:04 Uzbek delegation presents investment potential of Uzbekistan in Vilnius17:03 National Bank raises foreign currency reserve rate for commercial banks since October 1917:02 Car collides with train on railroad crossing in Mongolia's Selenge killing two17:01 Kazakhstan has uranium reserves for 100 years: Kazatamprom16:54 Ulaanbaatar aims to reduce level of soil contamination16:48 State Architecture, Construction Agency issues almost 500 licenses for construction in 201516:42 Number of trees planted in Mongolia's Orkhon province to reach 50 thousand16:40 Fuel smuggling exerts pressure on US dollar exchange rate – Economy Minister16:35 Mongolian, Chinese border guards participate in joint training16:31 At least thirteen Yemenis killed by rocket attack at wedding16:30 Seasonal blood donation to start in Khan-Uul district of Mongolia16:28 Cybercriminals arrested in Bishkek for stealing nearly 5 million soms from bank accounts of citizens16:25 Chinggis Khaan Airport to have new transit room16:23 President Putin congratulates President Atambayev on conduct of parliamentary elections on highest level
° C
° C
° C
° C
° C
exchange rates

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2015. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75