April 3rd, 2009
04:48 PM ET

Obama slams North Korea's 'provocative' launch plans

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U.S. President Barack Obama sent a public warning to North Korea Friday, calling on Pyongyang to back off plans to launch what the United States believes to be a missile.

"Should North Korea decide to take this action, we will work with all interested parties in the international community to take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that it can't threaten the safety and security of other countries with impunity," the president said at a news conference in the French city of Strasbourg.

He said his administration has "made very clear to the North Koreans that their missile launch is provocative. It puts enormous strains on the six-party talks and that they should stop the launch."

But, the president added, "The response so far from the North Koreans has been not just unhelpful, but has resorted to the sort of language that has led to North Korea's isolation in the international community for a very long time."


soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Stephen

    I for one would like to know what we are planing to do if they do launch. We need to get a strong message across to North Korea and other contries that the internatinal community is not going to let them contenue to be a threat to the worlds safety, or what amout of safety there is in the world.

    April 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  2. Barbara in Boston

    This is really scary. Kim Jong Il must be insane. What also makes this situation scary is that he's holding two American reporters hostage: Euna Lee and Laura Ling of Current TV. He's threatened to put them on trial for espionage. Its almost like he has them strapped to the missile ala Dr. Strangelove.

    April 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  3. Justin Continuum Q5

    I can't believe China hasn't stepped in yet.
    I bet they will.
    Not good Karma if it's for war.

    April 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    For a communications satellite that the North Koreans claim is what is being launched, they are doing an awful lot of saber rattling – no wonder people think it is a missile and not a satellite.

    April 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm |