Obama Warns N. Korea of ConsequencesVideo

Write : 2016-09-21 08:01:16 Update : 2016-09-22 18:39:08

Anchor: U.S. President Barack Obama addressed North Korea's nuclear and missile threats during a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. While calling Pyongyang's testing of nuclear weapons a threat that endangers the entire world, Obama stressed the need to make the regime pay a price. The remarks come as the UN Security Council is in the middle of discussing a fresh package of sanctions against the North for conducting its second nuclear test this year.
Kim Bum-soo has more.

Report: U.S. President Barack Obama has again warned North Korea that it will only face consequences if it continues with its nuclear weapons program.

In his final speech as president before the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Obama addressed key international issues.

[Sound bite: U.S. President Barack Obama]
"When Iran agrees to accept constraints on its nuclear program, that enhances global security and enhances Iran’s ability to work with other nations. On the other hand, when North Korea tests a bomb, that endangers all of us. And any country that breaks this basic bargain must face consequences."

While highlighting his legacy of reducing nuclear weapons in the world, Obama called for the international community's joint nonproliferation efforts.

As he cautioned against looming trade protectionism and underlined the benefits of free market economy, Obama also targeted North Korea.

[Sound bite: U.S. President Barack Obama]
"And the stark contrast between, say, the success of the Republic of Korea and the wasteland of North Korea shows that central, planned control of the economy is a dead end."

His remarks about North Korea came as the regime conducted its second nuclear test of the year earlier this month. Pyongyang carried out a total of five nuclear experiments, all in defiance of the global opposition.

Intelligence authorities said that North Korea is ready to conduct more atomic underground explosions anytime. 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also deliver their speeches at the UN headquarters on Wednesday.

The Chinese premier is said to have agreed with Seoul, Washington and Tokyo's calls for tougher UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea during his earlier meeting with Obama in New York.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se is scheduled to hold 20 rounds of bilateral and multilateral talks with his counterparts throughout the UN gathering in order to drum up global support to punish the North.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is also expected to stage counterefforts at the General Assembly to defend his country's nuclear ambitions. Ri is scheduled to deliver his speech on Friday. 
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News. 

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