Obama says North Korea must end "belligerent" approach
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 01:40
April 11 - World leaders urged North Korea to end what has been described as its ''belligerent'' and ''paranoid'' rhetoric after it threatened to reduce its enemies to a 'sea of flames.' Deborah Gembara reports.
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As foreign ministers from the world's richest countries met in London --- it was difficult to ignore the feverish messages from North Korea.
There was this message read out on the airwaves.
SOUNDBITE: KRT NEWS READER SAYING:
"Once we push the button, it will be fired and the strongholds of our enemies will be turned to a sea of flames"
It came after days of images like these.
The bombast agave way to the bizarre as in the latest video released by Pyongyang. These North Koreans are celebrating the first anniversary of Kim Jong-Un's time in office.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague hosted the G8 leaders in London.
SOUNDBITE: British Foreign Secretary William Hague saying:
"We are all conducting ourselves in such a way as to not to respond in way what I have previously described at the weekend as paranoid rhetoric in a way that feeds that rhetoric. But we have responded in, what I also said at the weekend, would be a firm and united and calm way."
In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in after meeting U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon.
SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying:
"Now's the time for North Korea to end the belligerent approach they've been taking and to lower temperatures. Nobody wants to see a conflict on the Korean peninsula."
Ban, meanwhile, added China could play a key role in soothing tensions in the region.
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