N Korea warned of ‘dire con­se­quences’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

WASH­ING­TON’S top en­voy John Kerry warned North Korea yes­ter­day that it faced “real con­se­quences” over its on­go­ing nu­clear and mis­sile test­ing pro­gram.

“To­gether we are de­ter­mined ... to make ab­so­lutely cer­tain that DPRK un­der­stands that there are real con­se­quences for th­ese ac­tions,” he told re­porters on the side­lines of a sum­mit in Laos, us­ing the of­fi­cial acro­nym for the au­thor­i­tar­ian her­mit state.

Ten­sions have soared since Py­ongyang car­ried out its fourth nu­clear test in Jan­uary, fol­lowed by a se­ries of mis­sile launches that an­a­lysts say show the North is mak­ing progress to­ward be­ing able to strike the United States main­land.

United Na­tions sanc­tions against the North have been ratch­eted up in re­sponse, but Py­ongyang has con­tin­ued to carry out mis­sile launches, with the most re­cent one last week.

The con­tin­ued sabre-rat­tling by the North prompted Wash­ing­ton and Seoul to agree ear­lier this month to de­ploy a so­phis­ti­cated anti-mis­sile sys­tem in South Korea.

The fes­ter­ing is­sue has been a ma­jor theme of the talks in Vientiane, which are be­ing at­tended by Southeast Asian na­tions as well as key re­gional play­ers, in­clud­ing China, the US, Russia, Ja­pan and South Korea.

North Korea’s new for­eign min­is­ter and former nu­clear ne­go­tia­tor Ri Yong-ho is also at­tend­ing the meet­ing hosted by the 10-mem­ber ASEAN.

The an­nual gath­er­ing is one of the rare mo­ments in the diplo­matic cal­en­dar when all mem­bers of the stalled six-party talks aimed at end­ing North Korea’s nu­clear pro­gram are in the same room. –

Photo: AFP

John Kerry (right) at­tends the East Asia For­eign Min­is­ters Meet­ing at the ASEAN an­nual min­is­te­rial meet­ing in Vientiane on July 26.

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