US SECRETARY of state John Kerry has said that North Korea would be making a “huge mistake” by launching a medium-range missile, and called on China to put pressure on Pyongyang to discard nuclear plans.
Speaking in the South Korean capital Seoul today, Kerry warned North Korea that the U.S. would never accept them as a nuclear power and played down the country's threat, despite the country's dictator Kim Jong-Un's recent sabre rattling.
Kerry also said that although the US will defend allies in the region if there is a nuclear launch, they are hoping to continue talks over North Korea’s original pledge to abandon their nuclear missile programme.
North Korea, however, claimed that nuclear weapons were its “treasured” means of security and there are no plans to abandon the missiles.
Kerry, who is also going to China and Japan on his visit, made it clear that if Kim Jong-Un chose to proceed with a missile lunch, “he will be choosing, willfully, to ignore the entire international community”.
Kerry said, “I would say ahead of time that it is a huge mistake for him to choose to do that because it will further isolate his country and further isolate his people, who frankly are desperate for food, not missile launches.