OBAMA DISMISSES PYONGYANG’S DEMAND FOR HALTING NUCLEAR TESTS
NEW YORK A day after North Korea’s foreign minister said his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said that Washington isn’t taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would “have to do better than that.”
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong defended his country’s right to maintain a nuclear deterrent and warned that Pyongyang won’t be cowed by international sanctions.
Obama dismissed North Korea’s latest overture Sunday. “We don’t take seriously a promise to simply halt until the next time they decide to do a test these kinds of activities,” Obama said. “If North Korea shows seriousness in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, then we’ll be prepared to enter into some serious conversations with them about reducing tensions and our approach to protecting our allies in the region.”