There’s That Word Again
Secretary of State John Kerry has characterized North Korea’s recent saber-rattling as “unacceptable”:
(Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Friday it would be a “huge mistake” to launch a medium-range missile and said the United States would never accept the reclusive country as a nuclear power.
Addressing reporters after talks with South Korea’s president and leaders of the 28,000-strong U.S. military contingent in the country, Kerry also said it was up to China, North Korea’s sole major ally, to “put some teeth” in efforts to press Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
The North has issued weeks of shrill threats of an impending war following the imposition of U.N. sanctions in response to its third nuclear test in February. Kerry said the threats were “simply unacceptable” by any standard.
“We are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power,” he said.
Kerry later told U.S. businessmen in Seoul that China, as an advocate of denuclearization, was in a position to press for a change in the North’s policy.
I really wish I knew whether he meant “we will be unhappy about it” or “we will not allow it”.