CBS: Obama Against Military Option on N. Korea for S. Korean Safety

Write : 2016-04-27 08:46:57 Update : 2016-04-28 08:35:22

CBS: Obama Against Military Option on N. Korea for S. Korean Safety

Anchor: U.S. President Barack Obama has revealed his cautious position on the option of attacking North Korea, expressing concerns about possible damage South Korea and Japan could suffer in the event. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department hinted that it will come up with different kinds of sanctions in the event of another nuclear test in North Korea.
Our Kim Bum-soo has more. 

Report: U.S. President Barack Obama sat down for an interview with an American news outlet and revealed that he wouldn't opt for striking North Korea, taking into account the damage the military action could bring to South Korea.

In the interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose on Tuesday while on a trip to Germany, Obama said his first priority is to protect the American people and allies that are vulnerable to North Korea's provocative actions.

He assured that the U.S. could "obviously" destroy North Korea with its arsenals, but the fact that the North is right next to South Korea, a vital ally, prevented such a move.

While describing North Korea as a "massive challenge," Obama pointed to the "positioning" U.S. missile defense systems as a more realistic solution to deal with the evolving threats.

While he is ruling out a military solution in dealing with North Korea, the U.S. State Department on Tuesday hinted that it would toughen up measures on Pyongyang in the event of an additional nuclear test by the regime.

State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday that the "real punch" comes with stringent implementation of the current sanctions, and Washington would also consider "other options" if a nuclear test takes place.  
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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