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Kerry says North Korea's leader reckless, ruthless

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 01:23

Dec. 15 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Kim Jong Un 'ruthless and reckless' when asked about the recent execution of the N. Korean leader's uncle. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Vietnam to shore up a multi-national trade deal, made news over the weekend with his comments about another Asian country. In an interview with ABC's program "This Week," Kerry weighed in on North Korea's Kim Jong Un executing his powerful uncle: "It tells us a lot about, first of all, how ruthless and reckless he is," Kerry said of Kim. (text slide) "And it also tells us a lot about how insecure he is, to a certain degree." (text slide) He said the execution of Kim's uncle underscored a need for a unified stand against North Korea's nuclear program. "To have a nuclear weapon potentially in the hands of somebody like Kim Jong Un just becomes even more unacceptable," Kerry told ABC. (text slide) Kerry's remarks about North Korea were in stark contrast to his smooth visit to Vietnam. During the trip, Kerry had the chance to sail down the Mekong Delta --- a body of water he knew well from his days as a young officer during the Vietnam war. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN KERRY, UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, SAYING: "Decades ago on these very waters I was one of many who witnessed the difficult period in our shared history. Today, on these waters, I'm bearing witness to how far our nations have come together and we are talking about the future and that's the way it ought to be." It was Kerry's first trip on the Mekong Delta since serving as a patrol boat commander here in 1968.

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Kerry says North Korea's leader reckless, ruthless

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 01:23