During his visit tothe South Korean capital John Kerry sought to deter Kim Jong-un’s regime from any further escalation of the crisis, The Telegraph reports.
The Secretary os State also denied the report of one American intelligence agency that North Korea does have the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile.
This was not the agreed assessment of the US administration, said Kerry. He went on, adding that the nuclear missiles that North Korea had at its disposal were “very different” weapons from “miniaturised” warheads.
However, the Secrtary of State mentioned that every nuclear test brought the North of the Korean Peninsular “closer” to crossing a “dangerous line” where it would be able to load a warhead on to a missile.
Speaking only 35 miles from the border with North Korea, Mr Kerry said: “If Kim Jong-un decides to launch a missile, whether it’s across the Sea of Japan or any other direction, he will be choosing wilfully to ignore the entire international community.”
“I would say ahead of time that it is a huge mistake for him to choose to do that because it will further isolate his country and further isolate his people, who frankly are desperate for food, not missile launches.”
North Korea made headlines this yeat with issuing a series of threats of an impending war following the imposition of U.N. sanctions in response to its third nuclear test in February.
The U.S. Secretary of State explained that the threats were “simply unacceptable” by any standard: “We are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power.”
He later told U.S. executives in Seoul that China, as an advocate of denuclearization, was in a position to press for a change in the North’s policy.
“The reality is that if your policy is denuclearization and it is theirs as it is ours, as it is everybody’s except the North at this moment … if that’s your policy, you’ve got to put some teeth into it,” he told the gathering.
However, North Korea showed little interest in further talks.
Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party, predicted that Pyongyang would never stop its nuclear program.
“The DPRK will hold tighter the treasured sword, nuclear weapons,” it said, referring to the country by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
North Korea voiced yet more belligerence yesterday, turning its venom on Japan, saying: “If Japan makes a slightest move, the spark of war will touch Japan first.”
The statement also read that “Japan must come to its senses” or else Tokyo would be “consumed in nuclear flames”.
The North has already conducted a test launch of three nuclear bombs and stockpiled about a dozen weapons.
Hours before the U.S. Secretary of State arrived at Seul, a report from the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) claimed with “moderate confidence” that North Korea had crossed the next threshold and learnt how to make a nuclear warhead capable of being delivered by a missile.