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U.S. says North Korea can take different path

Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 01:30

April 4 - The U.S. says North Korea can take different path while the UK underscores deterrence. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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North Korean TV airs footage of anti US protests. This comes as the U.S. said it would soon send a missile defense system to Guam to defend it from Pyongyang. As tensions escalate State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says there is another way forward. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN VICTORIA NULAND, SAYING: "The DPRK knows what it needs to do, if it wants to make a different choice. If it wants to have support from the international community, economically in terms of supporting its people, it's got to come back into compliance with its international obligations. The president's been clear, the secretary's been clear that if they make a different choice, we will respond. " UK Prime Minister David Cameron says the tensions raise broader questions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "I think the question we need to ask ourselves in the context of this debate about the nuclear deterrent is, you know, what will a country like North Korea be like in 10 years, 15 years, 20 years? How certain can we be? How certain can we be that its weapons will be secure? How certain can we be that they won't share weapons and technology with other countries? We can't be sure of those things. And that is why I think it's so important to maintain strong defenses, to maintain our nuclear deterrent, to maintain that insurance policy against the risks that there are in our world, and North Korea is a good example of that." So far, no one is backing down.

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U.S. says North Korea can take different path

Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 01:30