All quotes about North Korea
In this page you'll find all points of view published about North Korea. You'll find 344 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about North Korea are: Donald J. Trump, Rex W. Tillerson, Barack Obama and Shinzo Abe. Donald J. Trump specifically said: “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been 'playing' the United States for years. China has done little to help!”.
All quotes about North Korea
We've given them until April 14 to come back to us with the neutral venue, in the event that the diplomatic situation (between North Korea and Malaysia) is not solved.
I can tell you for sure that the inter-continental ballistic rockets of the DPRK will be launched at any time and at any place as decided by our Supreme Leadership. The United States has been talking about launching pre-emptive strikes at North Kore[...]
It is not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and tortured its own people. It is not Iran, where public hangings are a regular occurrence. It is not North Korea, where the regime uses forced labor camps to crush its people into su[...]
This was a comprehensive test for the first-stage rocket for an ICBM, and that is why it was dangerous. It appears that North Korea has worked out much of its development of the first-stage rocket booster.
The political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed.
I do not deny that there are more North Koreans involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam. We will follow the legal channel to get them. I do not want to say more than that. If I do, they may run ... but we believe there is an important person too.
Tillerson will repeat many times this is no threat to China, but Xi won't believe it. Maybe Xi will broaden the punishment against North Korea somewhat, at the cost of further damaging relations with North Korea. We have punished North Korea many ti[...]
Until today, North Korea has been able to advance its nuclear programs by buying in China, having little fear of having controlled or uncontrolled nuclear related goods stopped prior to reaching North Korea. One hopes the Trump administration will s[...]
China's first priority to date has not been denuclearisation, but rather stability. China wants to maintain its buffer between US-allied South Korea and its own border, so it is willing to tolerate North Korea provocations and even the advancement o[...]
No American president can tolerate the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea able to range the continental United States.
There has been a narrative in the West suggesting that China holds the key to the North Korea nuclear issue. That is a misguided statement.
While the Trump administration should have time to develop its own strategy toward North Korea, it's curious that they have so far chosen to rhetorically define themselves in opposition to the Obama administration's approach without yet significantl[...]
In the face of this ever-escalating threat, it is clear that a different approach is required. Part of the purpose of my visit to the region is to exchange views on a new approach. Efforts towards North Korea to achieve peaceful stability over the l[...]
20 years of talks with North Korea have brought us to where we are today. It's important that the leadership of North Korea realize that their current pathway of nuclear weapons and escalating threats will not lead to their objective of security and[...]
Certainly we do not want for things to get to a military conflict, we're quite clear on that in our communications, but obviously if North Korea takes actions that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an ap[...]
Diplomatic and other efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to a point of denuclearization have failed. It is clear that a different approach is required.
North Korea and its people need not fear the United States or their neighbours in the region who seek only to live in peace with North Korea. With this in mind, the United States calls on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile prog[...]
Customs data indicates more than $8 billion in cross-border trade between China and North Korea since 2013, much of it in commodities like coal and steel.
North Korea has one of the smallest international trade profiles on earth. North Korea often has to end-run the entire financial system to move money. They do things the old-fashioned way: sending guys on airplanes with suitcases full of money. The [...]
China has instead put the ball in the U.S., with the foreign minister suggesting a deal whereby North Korea agrees to stop testing missiles and the United States and South Korea stop joint military exercises.
Khairul didn't play in his last two games with Kelantan. Like I said during the AFF Suzuki Cup previously, we have three good goalkeepers. Fahmi played three games in the Suzuki Cup and I think this time, it's a good chance for other goalkeepers to [...]
Clearly the level of spending the State Department has been undertaking in the past, in particular this past year, is simply not sustainable. So we have 20 years of failed approach. That includes a period where the United States has provided $1.35 b[...]
So we have 20 years of failed approach. That includes a period where the United States has provided $1.35 billion in assistance to North Korea as an encouragement to take a different pathway. In the face of this ever-escalating threat, it is clear t[...]
North Korea and its people need not fear the United States or their neighbors in the region who seek only to live in peace with North Korea. With this in mind, the United States calls on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile progr[...]
Trilateral cooperation is critical as we address the issue of North Korea.
I think it's important to recognise that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearisation have failed. That includes a period where the United States has provided $1.35bn in assistance t[...]
And those samples have been put through forensics and DNA procedures and I would like to again say that the body is that of Kim Jong Nam.
I again confirm that it is Kim Jong Nam... This is based on a sample taken from his son.
South Korea's policy toward North Korea.
The president of the United States deployed some additional missile defense capacity precisely because of the threat of North Korea. And it is logical that if the threat of North Korea disappears because the peninsula denuclearizes, then obviously t[...]
China has made the decision to support North Korea. We can see if China is willing to change that, but we can't have US policy held hostage to Chinese long-term and short-term decisions regarding North Korea.
I believe Tillerson wants to achieve a greater unity of the US allies in front of the North Korean nuclear programme which is advancing faster than anybody has ever expected. In Seoul and Tokyo he wants to gain support for more pressure, and perhaps[...]
The idea is this trip will allow secretary Tillerson to engage allies and partners, not only on a range of bilateral issues, but also importantly to discuss and coordinate strategy to address the advancing nuclear missile threat from North Korea.
Moon has gone on record saying he's going to put friendlier relations with the North as a higher priority. He's gone as far saying he will visit China first in order to discuss North Korea strategies. We (South Korea) haven't tried a softer approach[...]
If the liberal side gets into power, they will try to delay things as much as possible to see what's going to happen.
North Korea is one of the biggest threats to Japan's national security. We will see how the international community will respond to the threat. The gap between American and Japanese readers is much bigger than you can even imagine. I don't know what[...]
What we worry about is the ability. It doesn't matter to us whether the United States says this is aimed at North Korea or China. If there's this ability, then China must worry.
With China's softer stance of going to the negotiation table and (U.S. President Donald) Trump's rising impatience, North Korea is another area of conflict that bears close watching.
There is no ideology, save for populism. There's no anchoring governing philosophy to any of this. There may be 'Trumpism' but it's not really conservatism or Republicanism. There may be a realignment but the incompetent and mixed messages coming ou[...]
Tell me why we wouldn't do the THAAD in light of 24 ballistic missiles, in light of two nuclear tests, knowing that we're going to protect our allies. We're not going to leave South Korea standing there with the threat of North Korea facing them and[...]
We have to see some sort of positive action taken by North Korea before we can ever take them seriously.
Leave us alone, lobby in your own country, and stay away. Mr Erdogan is a mere dictator. We would not allow lobbying for North Korea or Saudi Arabia in our country either.
We are one of a very few countries that have been very fair to North Korea, quite friendly to them. We did not pick a quarrel with them, but when a crime has been committed, especially when chemical weapons have been used in Malaysia, we are duty-bo[...]
The question is whether China having expressed their grievances will be prepared to let this pass or will let it erode their relationship with South Korea and a meaningful capacity for cooperation with the United States on North Korea.
They say this is only to defend us from North Korea, but everyone knows this is part of the American missile defense plan. China sees the Thaad deployment in South Korea the way the Americans saw the in the 1960s.
You may not want to acknowledge that North Korea has 12 or 20 weapons.
It is time we acquired the capability. I don't know whether that would be with ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or even the F-35 (fighter bomber), but without a deterrence North Korea will see us as weak.
This intolerant, illiberal and totalitarian response is akin to something out of the Soviet Union or North Korea rather than a place for learning and debate. As well as the irony of banning a society for expressing their concern about free speech, t[...]
This abhorrent act, effectively holding our citizens hostage, is in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms. I know that the family and friends of our fellow Malaysians detained in North Korea are anxiously anticipating news of[...]
The government have asked us not to go to Pyongyang. We asked the AFC today if we could play in a neutral venue. We expect a decision by the end of this week.
North Korea is unpredictable, but it fairly frequently conducts missile tests. One difference now is that it is also hard to predict how President Trump will respond to such tests.
Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday's launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy Thaad to South Korea. We will resolutely honor our alliance commitments to South[...]
North Korea is demonstrating that its target is not just limited to the Korean peninsula any more but can extend to Japan at any time and even the US.
I think everyone in the world is aware that North Korea has its challenges and economic difficulties.
I was quite excited, because I'd heard quite a lot about him. So one day, for lunch, we met up, and we got along great, he speaks fluent Korean, so we spoke Korean, and that's when he mentioned to me he was planning on opening up a ramen restaurant [...]
He's angry, and he thinks that the leaks – even forgetting the rhetoric on politics – are a significant problem that hurts the security of the country. He feels if he can't rely on his team, if he were negotiating with North Korea on something sensi[...]
We have our experts who are qualified to determine the cause of death of Kim Chol. Our investigations, supported by expert reports, confirmed that Kim Chol was murdered. North Korea can say what they like but the facts remain.
Having said that, there's no question that over the course of the past year, as North Korea has progressed in the direction of having a direct strike capability on the United States, we have seen a more thorough examination of possible options on th[...]
We have our experts who are qualified to determine the cause of death of Kim Chol. Our investigations, supported by expert reports, confirmed that Kim Chol was murdered. North Korea can say what they like, but the facts remain.
The US been a very active and constructive partner in the Council for many years, spearheading a number of important initiatives, such as DPRK (North Korea), Iran, Syria, LGBT rights ... and many issues that are certainly on the agenda today.
Our National Intelligence Service told me that North Korea's General Bureau of Espionage was responsible for the terrorism and the assassination of Kim Jong Nam but what Malaysian authorities discovered is that it was North Korea's National Security[...]
North Korea was already under immense pressure over its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and also its human rights issues. Things will get even more complicated for Pyongyang if its chemical weapons issues [...]
They probably picked the deadliest chemical at their disposal because they absolutely didn't want to fail at killing Kim Jong Nam. The fallout of using VX at an international airport could turn out to be significant for the country, but I doubt that[...]
VX is the most toxic chemical weapon ever produced. Kim Jong Nam had absolutely no chance at all. I carry it in my hand luggage all over the world and no one has said anything – why would VX be any different? If they were behind this then it means a[...]
You need a microscopic amount to kill one person, which is what happened to Kim Jong Nam.
China and [North Korea] are friendly neighbors. We would like to work together with [North Korea] to develop a healthy and stable .... relationship.
It's saying to China to 'back off, shut up, leave us alone'. Everything in North Korea is stated in highly exaggerated terms.
The denial letter came as a shock, given that we have had regular access to Israel and the West Bank for nearly three decades and regularly engage Israeli authorities. Branding us as propagandists and fake human rights advocates puts Israel in the c[...]
According to our statistics, China has already approached the upper limits of coal imports from North Korea. So because of this, we have stopped imports of coal from North Korea with a responsible attitude.
We are willing to work with North Korea to promote the stable and healthy development of relations.
They produce people with real jobs and skills and send them abroad with family to live. When an urgent opportunity arises like this one on Kim Jong Nam, those people are tapped into operation, so they would be planted way before hand.
The statement by the ambassador was totally uncalled for ... But Malaysia will stand firm.
Even if North Korea denies the assassination, one hundred percent it was ordered by Kim Jong Un.
You see the lady moving away with her hands like this toward the bathroom, to the washroom. So she knew very well that it is toxic and she needed to wash her hands.
We strongly believe four of them have left the country and we strongly believe that they have arrived Pyongyang and we would request the North Korean authorities to assist us in tracing them and hand them over to us for us to complete the investigat[...]
Surely we know, surely we have the reasons – the grounds to ask them to assist us in the investigation. We would request the North Korean authorities to assist us in tracing them and hand them over to us. Everybody is saying he's Kim Jong Nam; surel[...]
Malaysia is the source of a lot of smuggling operations by North Korea to raise money for the motherland. They also buy a lot of high-end consumer goods in Malaysia for the elite in Pyongyang.
In 2016, China had already banned imports from its nuclear-power-holding neighbor though it made expectations for shipments intended for the 'people's well-being' and not related to the missile programs, which, in practice, allowed North Korea to ke[...]
What I worry about is we could enter into a period in which there is South Korea-U.S. friction over North Korea, U.S.-China friction and then China-South Korea friction. That's exactly what North Korea would want. That scenario gives them the maximu[...]
North Korea doesn't want to give up its nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are key to its survival. Talks for North Korea are really about getting sanctions relief, playing for time, playing for advantage, trying to get sanctions lifted. And so if tha[...]
Two new hotels are being constructed and the road to Jeongseon is being expanded from two lanes to four lanes. By the Games time we will have some hotel rooms. The construction of venues is almost done so we will now focus on building roads, hotels,[...]
This is a very severe measure that has broken with previous convention, it shows just how much China has been antagonized by [Pyongyang's] recent missile tests. The situation is such that doing nothing will only see risks exacerbate; doing this stil[...]
The United States and North Korea are the parties most directly involved, and they must as soon as possible be politically decisive.
Such an action was done three or four times and they were given a few dollars for it, and with the last target, Kim Jong Nam, allegedly there were dangerous materials in the sprayer. She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged [...]
The Malaysian side forced the post-mortem without our permission and witnessing, we will categorically reject the result of the post-mortem conducted unilaterally excluding our attendance. North Korea can reject or show disapproval. But we are doing[...]
The reason China has a lot more to fear is that North Korea could collapse.
Kim Jong Nam led a free-wheeling life, and loved to travel, and mingle with women ... He might have had problems with crime organizations. Or maybe this was a crime based on a love affair gone bad.
First of all, he said that the inheritance of power does not agree with a socialist system and its leader should be selected through a democratic process. He said there is no way for North Korea to survive except if it takes the course of reform and[...]
I thought he was someone who has something meaningful to say, and perhaps bring change to North Korea. He must have been aware of the danger, but I believe he still wanted to convey his views to Pyongyang via the media. He was sweating all over his [...]
But I don't think we need that at all because of the fact that you know, I think that we are gonna be able to straighten it out very easily on its own. I hope that we'll be able to straighten that out without using anybody else. All this information[...]
"He must have been aware of the danger, but I believe he still wanted to convey his views to Pyongyang via the media,". "He was sweating all over his body, and seemed very uncomfortable when he responded to my questions. He was probably worried abou[...]
As you know, our administration inherited many problems across government and across the economy. To be honest, I inherited a mess. It's a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country; you see what's going on with all of the[...]
Even during the famine years [from 1994-8], North Korea collapsed economically but not politically.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal with North Korea etc?
I think that this particular test, while falling short of an ICBM demonstration, ought be seen as a technological advance. If North Korea is getting solid rocket motors right, then that really is a potential step function to making it harder for the[...]
It's not a guarantee, but it's a really important step. It's the straw that stirs the drink. If we get any bright ideas about rolling into Pyongyang, they have this retaliatory capability. And that really enables them to use their theater capabiliti[...]
We confirm that the new type of ballistic missile launched by North Korea has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers, according to our intelligence agency.
"Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly.". "It won't happen!".
"I believe that the stance of the United States towards North Korea will become much tougher, that is clear,"
I believe that the stance of the United States towards North Korea will become much tougher, that is clear.
Not only internationally but when you come right here, we have - obviously, North Korea is a big, big problem, and we will deal with that very strongly, . Many, many problems. When I was campaigning, I said it's not a good situation. Now that I see [...]
These are serious military and security threats. Pyongyang has no intention of backing away from its goal to become a country with nuclear weapons.
"Beijing has enormous leverage over Pyongyang thanks to being one of its only trading partners and in fact could not survive without Chinese economic assistance,"
After last week's phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, I suspect that his first move will be to talk to China and bring Beijing to apply pressure on North Korea. The positive call [with Xi] means Trump is more prepared to work with China ra[...]
Beijing has enormous leverage over Pyongyang thanks to being one of its only trading partners and in fact could not survive without Chinese economic assistance.
We will be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You will be seeing that sometime next week. You could only learn, frankly, if you were in a certain position, namely: president. Would I rather have North[...]
Any athlete from any country is allowed to participate in the 2018 Games as long as they promote peace. North Korea is no exception. I know people expressed some concerns about the current political situation and how it might affect the Olympics. Bu[...]
I have trouble understanding why we're supposed to infer religious animus when, in fact, the vast majority of Muslims would not be affected as residents of those nations – and where the concern for terrorism with those connected with radical Islamic[...]
Secretary Mattis was very effective in reassuring this important U.S. ally, and also strengthening deterrence against North Korea, without being unnecessarily provocative. This is a very positive outcome from his visit to South Korea.
Last year, North Korea kind of checked off that entire list.
The reality is that if North Korea doesn't test those missiles, its program doesn't advance. One thing the U.S. has to think about is, how do you prevent them from testing?
If you look at what's happening around the world, I would mention Iran and North Korea, the importance of missile defense is increasing. Actors around the world are building missiles that are harder to stop. I think we have a tremendous opportunity [...]
If you look at what's happening around the world, I would mention Iran and North Korea, the importance of missile defence is increasing. Actors around the world are building missiles that are harder to stop.
Faced with a current severe security situation, Secretary Mattis' visit to Korea…also communicates the strongest warning to North Korea.
I'd be less of a disruptor than Donald Trump. I'd be a little bit more of a preserver. I wouldn't be rattling the U.S.-China relationship. Instead I'd be enlisting China to help us with North Korea. I'd be pushing back against Russia so they're not [...]
Were it not for the provocative behaviour of North Korea, we would have no need for Thaad out here. Thaad should be a worry to no nation other than North Korea. I talked to President Trump and he wanted to make a very clear statement about the prior[...]
Will there be a test from North Korea? Will there a be a test from Russia? You can't get too, too comfortable.
Trump was born in year of the dog. The Year of the Rooster will be difficult for him. He might be forced to resign if the worst case scenarios happen. China and the U.S. may have conflicts on trade, the South China Sea, and North Korea.
Kim Jong Un's days are numbered.
North Korea is already pretty far along, they've got momentum. In technical terms, they're pretty self-reliant at this point and don't need to buy things 'over the table' from China.
Not really ... We've got massive geopolitical uncertainty. We've got the second largest economy in the world China going through a major transition. There's a lot of geopolitical risk in the obvious regions North Korea, parts of Middle East. ... The[...]
I don't recognise the missiles from this description. But as we saw in 2016, there's certainly a variety of active missile programmes underway in North Korea.
While Russia seeks respect and relevance on the global stage, its recent activities have disregarded American interests. To achieve the stability that is foundational to peace and security in the 21st century, American leadership must not only be re[...]
The tension over the comfort woman statue can only be temporary especially when North Korea is escalating its threats.
The present leadership in Japan is beholden to a rather strong nationalist movement.
(North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un said in his New Year speech that North Korea will finalize the process of developing an ICBM, so South Korea knows security cooperation with Japan and the United States is pretty important. But if they are to upgrad[...]
This photo is a little blurry, but still very popular. My own thought is that you get the kind of North Korea feel to it with this massive colourful dance show. Anyhow, it is a rather cool photo.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the United States. It won't happen!
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won't happen! There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowe[...]
The bottom line is Pyongyang is much further along in their missile development than most people realize. The liquid engine test was astounding. For years, we knew that North Korea had a Soviet R-27 missile engine design. They re-engineered the desi[...]
"The liquid engine test was astounding,"
We have a ballistic missile defense ... umbrella that we're confident in for the region and to protect the United States homeland.
The political and military position of socialism should be further cemented as an invincible fortress. We should resolutely smash the enemies' despicable and vicious moves to dampen the pure and ardent desire of the people for the party and estrange[...]
Marked the year North Korea truly ramped up their WMD programme. I think we're going to see a [ICBM] flight test in 2017.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen! The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world com[...]
They're answering the public criticisms of U.S. experts.
I'm less worried about a trade war. I'm worried more about ... backing into inadvertent escalation like you saw on Taiwan. I'm more worried about a potential conflict over Taiwan, over North Korea, where the stakes are a lot higher and, frankly, whe[...]
I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it's over. At the same time, we have to be prepared. I can't take anything off the table. Because you look at some of these countries, you look at North Korea, we're doing nothing there.
He would need to be working with, or directly for, a bigger fishery company or seafood processing company in North Korea. How those arrangements are made however, there's probably a lot of variance.
Whatever the current problems in the U.S.-China relationship today, our reneging on the Taiwan part of the packaged deal would not provide leverage on trade, North Korea, the South China Sea, or any of the other issues that roil the relationship. Mo[...]
I don't know why we have to be bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade. I mean, look, we're being hurt very badly by China with devaluation; with taxing us heavy at the borders whe[...]
We see the DPRK (North Korea) regime grow its illicit weapons programme rather than growing its own children.
They haven't played by the rules, and I know it's time that they're going to start. You have the massive theft of intellectual property, putting unfair taxes on our companies, not helping with the menace of North Korea like they should, and the at-w[...]
Pressing China on Taiwan won't likely bring them to the table on North Korea and currency. Risks backing them into a dark, nasty corner.
We categorically reject the U.N. Security Council resolution on sanctions against our country. The adoption of the resolution is another open denial of our country's right to self-defense, which goes beyond the mandate of the U.N. Security Council -[...]
Fidel was a respected figure, a political compass. But you can´t change things if you put politics before the economy ... We don't want to end up like North Korea.
We decided to impose further sanctions to those already in place to comprehensively resolve various issues such as abductees, nuclear, and missiles after coordination with the US and related nations. We will closely monitor how North Korea will resp[...]
It is conceivable that North Korea does not feel the need to, for example, fire artillery over the Northern Limit Line [a maritime border separating the two nations] or test-launch missiles because Choi-gate provides enough bad press for South Korea.
I will just say in closing that perhaps the leadership of North Korea should take particular note of what occurred here today. ...International justice isn't backing down, it is actually forging ahead.
We've also exchanged opinions about the need to pressure North Korea more because the nuclear missile threat from that country has increased.
In a historical sense, the North Koreans provided a lot of liquid fuel missile technology and missiles to a lot of folks, including the Pakistanis and the Iranians. The early Shahab missiles and the Ghauris in Pakistan were basically North Korean Sc[...]
It could be that Japan will have to defend itself against North Korea.
I'm afraid Japan will now appear weak to China and North Korea because Mr. Trump doesn't appreciate the strong U.S. and Japan security alliance. I think Japan should shoulder its fair share of responsibilities in terms of security, but not having a [...]
We reaffirmed the necessity to increase pressure against North Korea to have it give up its nuclear and missile development and realise the denuclearisation of the peninsula.
Sometimes the Security Council has been taking unnecessarily long time in expressing their positions and that kind of sense of lack of unity gives some good excuse for the member states like North Korea not to abide by this resolution.
What is most important is to continuously demonstrate our capability and deterrence with our commitment and actions so that Pyongyang can feel the panic under their skins.
The biggest supporters of a provocative North Korea has been the PLA. The deep connections between the military leadership in China and in North Korea has really been the mainstay of the relationship.
Fundamentally, no matter (what) any resolution says, it is going to be up to the Member States of the United Nations, and particularly those Member States that have dealings with the DPRK (North Korea), to fully enforce the resolution.
I think once the nuclear alternative happens, it's over. At the same, we have to be prepared. I can't take anything off the table because you look at some of these countries. You look at North Korea. China should solve that problem for us. China sho[...]
China has been making unremitting efforts with all sides concerned to achieve a proper resolution over the peninsular nuclear issue, for the purpose of maintaining the peninsular peace and stability and the system of international nonproliferation.
If long-standing friends of North Korea continue to publicly curb their ties with the country, Pyongyang will have fewer places overseas where its illicit networks can operate unhindered or with political cover from the host capital.
Rather than being efficient, unilateral actions put psychological pressure on the North. But like criminal gangs, North Korea won't cringe much under psychological pressure.
Going nuclear armed is the policy of our state. As long as there exists a nuclear weapon state in hostile relations with the DPRK (North Korea), our national security and the peace on the Korean peninsula can be defended only with reliable nuclear d[...]
But the onus is on North Korea to take meaningful actions toward denuclearization and refrain from provocations.
Some Americans like [Secretary of Defense] Ash Carter say China should cut all economic connections with North Korea, but what will happen after this?
Washington and Seoul take the view that the North's provocations require more military exercises, whereas Beijng is of the view that it's the military exercises that are encouraging [North Korea] to accelerate its nuclear program.
For China to exert too much pressure on North Korea is tantamount to helping the U.S.
One view is that destabilization and regime collapse in North Korea and chaos along the border with China is the main danger to China's security, the other view is that the escalating nuclear program of North Korea and the prospect of nuclear war is[...]
I think any idea to ask North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons would fail, and any idea to ask South Korea to abandon THAAD would fail.
In putting sanctions on North Korea, the international community must reduce the effect on ordinary people to the greatest possible extent.
I think sanctions have effectively cut North Korea off from the global economy.
North Korea went ahead with two nuclear tests in just nine months. This is absolutely unacceptable. Ignoring the condemnation of the international community, North Korea has conducted missile launches repeatedly. Missiles landed within Japan's exclu[...]
The main trigger for today's fall comes from the Fed comments made on Friday on the increased probability of a rate hike. Markets also remain heated from last week's reports of a nuclear test in North Korea.
Many Chinese are embarrassed about this legacy of the past but there are other Chinese, notably in the security services, who regard pressure on North Korea as offering the possibility that North Korea would collapse and that a collapse of North Kor[...]
North Korea is warning of additional provocations and this may bring danger of war to the Korean peninsula and various types of provocations and terrorist attacks can happen.
We assess that (North Korea) is prepared for a nuclear test in another shaft.
China urges North Korea not to take any more actions that could exacerbate tensions, and return as soon as possible to the correct direction of denuclearisation.
The members of the Security Council also recalled that they had previously expressed their determination to take further significant measures in the event of a further nuclear test by the DPRK. The members of the Security Council will begin to work [...]
We have made overture after overture to the dictator of North Korea.
The cumulative knowledge of the five nuclear test explosions and the dozens of ballistic missile tests, especially in the last 12 months, are giving their technical people greater confidence that they can deploy warheads on their ballistic missiles.[...]
North Korea, like so many other things, is one more Hillary Clinton failure, Barack Obama failure.
North Korea poses a threat to the region and poses a threat to the kind of stable border relationship that China has always valued with North Korea.
Today the world is completely united in condemnation of the DPRK's fifth nuclear test. This is more than brazen defiance. North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hos[...]
This is more than brazen defiance. North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strikes.
Yes. I think there is a lot more we can do, and it will be on the top of my list in dealing with China on how we're going to prevent what very well could be a serious conflict with North Korea.
North Korea will have to bear the consequences of its act and provocation.
Weakness is simply not an option, North Korea will have to bear the consequences of its actions and provocations. France calls for the adoption as soon as possible of a new resolution.
And we will take additional significant steps, including new sanctions, to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions.
Hillary Clinton is going to use that sanctions power to the utmost to really squeeze those who are supplying North Korea. I think this is a wake-up call for them.
Secondly, recruiting China to apply diplomatic pressure is proving increasingly less viable. China is becoming less co-operative as the [North Korea] becomes more assertive.
If North Korea does not listen, of course we can try pressure, to use sanctions to resolve things. But if that does not work what then? Is there anything else we can do? The answer is no.
"Sanctions have already been imposed on almost everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse". "In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits".
With U.S. stocks lower and no fresh catalysts to buy, trading was subdued anyway, but the North Korea news has made investors stay on the sidelines even more.
Sanctions have already been imposed on almost everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse. In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits.
It seems that the North has decided to play an 'end game' where they push things to see how far they can go. It's already being heavily sanctioned and there will be little room for any new sanctions that will meaningfully hurt them more.
The key area is China and Obama hopes that North Korea can be one of the few issues on which he can produce some results in corporation with Beijing, even if the Chinese are frustrated by North Korea as well. Obama has very little leverage and proba[...]
If North Korea did carry out a nuclear test, it's something absolutely inadmissible, We need to and will strongly protest against (their actions).
We can't completely not cooperate with the United States, but we can't completely be at their beck and call. If North Korea does not listen, of course we can try pressure, to use sanctions to resolve things.
There's lot more we can do, And it will be on the top of my list in dealing with China in how we are going to prevent what could very well be a serious conflict with North Korea.
There's growing concern in Washington that it's just a matter of time until North Korea will be able to put missile development and nuclear technology together. The question now, of course, is can the Obama administration orchestrate new ways of inf[...]
If previous tests were conducted with the purpose of acquiring the nuclear bomb, the newest test shows that the North finally owns a real, weaponized nuclear bomb.
If it is willing to recognize its international obligations and enforce the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the opportunities for us to dialogue with them are there. We do not have any interest in an offensive approach to North Korea.'.
If it is willing to recognize its international obligations and enforce the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the opportunities for us to dialogue with them are there. We do not have any interest in an offensive approach to North Korea.
President Park and I agreed that the entire international community needs to implement these sanctions fully and hold North Korea accountable.
In order for Pyongyang to take the decision to abandon its nuclear programme, it is important to give it a strong unified message.
If North Korea abandons its nuclear programme and chooses the path to openness, we, together with the international community, will be ready to actively support it.
I think that any actions that would provoke further escalation (of tensions) are counter-productive.
I think North Korea is capable of miniaturizing nuclear bombs. But they don't have any standardized warhead yet to put on missiles. They keep gathering data through nuclear tests and working to standardize a warhead.
Whether North Korea has been able to construct a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on to an intermediate-range missile is uncertain, but should be assumed at this point.
I do not guess what ridiculous remarks the U.S. and its followers will make about this test-fire, but I can say their rash acts will only precipitate their self-destruction. The best way of escaping the deadly strike of the infuriated KPA [Korean Pe[...]
The U.S. wants a united Korea that is democratic, capitalist and pro-Western, while China wants North Korea to be a buffer against American presence. Russia would also seek to prevent the U.S. from grabbing such a large foothold in continental Asia.
What is really going on is a deeper political game. By poking the U.S. and South Korea, effectively North Korea is driving a wedge between China, the U.S. and South Korea. It's actually a quite clever diplomatic gambit that [Kim] is playing.
From the U.S. and South Korean perspective, the Chinese response to the tests was a little on the tepid side and so now the concern is, with the increase in missile tests, that North Korea will continue to develop capabilities on the missile front t[...]
The security environment surrounding Japan is severe, due to neighboring North Korea and China. I personally think [the increase] is not enough.
I don't blame reporters. If they broadcast (North Korea) as it is, the editors of these TV stations and newspapers will (change it).
We call on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further destabilise the region.
It is necessary to identify where North Korea enriches uranium and part of that is understanding where it has done it in the past.
I can't speak to their intentions, but we hope that the North will refrain from an old practice like this and behave in a manner that's conducive to improving South-North ties.
[North Korean] numbers broadcasts have been on hold for quite some time but have recently resumed, something we think is very regrettable.
This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to countering the DPRK's prohibited activities. North Korea is isolated like never before. The international community is united like never before and hopefully that will[...]
North Korea not only conducted its nuclear test but also has been continuously launching ballistic missiles (this year), which was a rare phenomenon in the past. The threat to our national security has grown very quickly in a short period of time.
I strongly condemn the launch by North Korea of two ballistic missiles. These repeated provocative actions by DPRK undermine international security and dialogue.
It would be another provocative action so we certainly would urge North Korea to refrain from doing that sort of thing. We continue to closely coordinate with our allies in the region about the situation and we're watching it very very closely.
The implementation will be a series of decisions that we take together and it's for our own protection against North Korea. Everybody should understand that.
We've agreed that we can by no means tolerate North Korea taking a posture of continuing its nuclear and missile development. We've also agreed on stepping up pressure on North Korea to resolve the issues.
China supports direct talks and communication between the United States and North Korea. We believe this is beneficial.
Looking at the fact that the three missiles have landed on the almost same spot at the almost same time, I think their missile technology has been substantially improved.
From the perspective of the state, it's good - they can tell their people that their living standards have improved. Meanwhile, individual capitalists can get their apartment units after construction.
As a close neighbor of the peninsula, we will absolutely not permit war or chaos on the peninsula. This situation would not benefit anyone.
Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further destabilize the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward ful[...]
In March, Kim Jong-un instructed the military to carry out several additional tests including a missile test. Now, North Korea seems to be trying to split opinions within the international community, showing a strong will to maintain its attitude, n[...]
We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region.
We need to firmly make them understand that these taunts come with a 'severe payback' and unless they resolve the nuclear issue and missile issues, they will not be able to see a bright future.
Japan strongly demands North Korea to exercise self-restraint and will take all necessary measures, such as warning and surveillance activity, to be able to respond to any situations.
We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations. The United States remains steadfast in its com[...]
We urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions that aggravate tensions and instead focus on fulfilling its international obligations and commitments.
It's a resolution which is necessary, which the Security Council needs to adopt because of the certain challenges coming from DPRK (North Korea). We did have a few issues to take care of and we discussed them with the U.S. delegation and I think the[...]
Today, the international community, speaking with one voice, has sent Pyongyang a simple message: North Korea must abandon these dangerous programs and choose a better path for its people.
We carefully considered their proposal, and made clear that denuclearization had to be part of any such discussion. The North rejected our response. Our response to the NK proposal was consistent with our longstanding focus on denuclearization.
To be clear, it was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace treaty.
To be clear, it was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace treaty. We carefully considered their proposal and made clear that denuclearization had to be part of any such discussion. The North rejected our response. Our response to North K[...]
I think it unlikely that China wants to be seen by the international community as the protector of North Korea given its recent outrageous behaviour. Given that, I expect that they will indeed come on board with significant new sanctions and we're w[...]
We have no reason to doubt that ... this individual was killed, executed. It exemplifies ... the brutality of the political climate in North Korea. This is ... par for the course in North Korea that you've got a leader who carries out purges.
North Korea continues to conduct test activities of concern to the United States. Pyongyang continues to produce fissile material and develop a submarine launch ballistic missile. It (North Korea) is also committed to developing a long range nuclear[...]
We will ensure that the Security Council imposes serious consequences. DPRK's (North Korea) latest transgressions require our response to be even firmer.
We're looking forward to expeditiously consulting with our colleagues in the coming days and we will be looking to all council members to unite around a swift and aggressive response to the DPRK's repeated violations that constitute this very direct[...]
I have spoken to my Japanese counterpart this morning and we are all focused on looking at additional economic sanctions that could be applied against North Korea.
North Korea ignored a warning from the international community and has committed an unacceptable provocation by launching a long-range missile after conducting the fourth nuclear test.
The U.N. Security Council has a role to play by holding it (Pyongyang) accountable by imposing a tough, comprehensive and credible package of new sanctions and by ensuring vigorous enforcement of the resolutions already adopted. This latest announce[...]
I think that the market is overwhelmed with too many blindside hits. You had geopolitical concerns around the Middle East and North Korea, you had weakness in the equity market and currency market in China, you had a little bit of soft data, and if [...]
The DPRK's H-bomb test … is a self-defensive step for reliably defending the peace on the Korean peninsula and the regional security from the danger of nuclear war caused by the US-led imperialists.
The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to the defence of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and maintaining the stability on the Korean Peninsula to include extended deterrence provided by our conventional forces and our nuclear umbr[...]
Our air force is ready to punish any provocations firmly and strongly whenever, wherever, and in whatever shape they may be.
Choosing Egypt to hold this press conferences which is considered rare for North Korean officials, may carry political messages reflect Pyongyang's desire to play a stronger role in the Middle East these days.
It's pretty much the same story. You've got China growth problems. U.S. manufacturing sector seems to be in recession territory. Pile on that (reports of) North Korea testing nukes. ... It's got a lot of people nervous.
The events in North Korea have only added to further downward pressure, with the words 'nuclear explosion' and markets never mixing too well together.
I'm pretty skeptical. It seems just too soon to have this big technical achievement. But North Korea has always defied expectations.
China firmly opposes this nuclear bomb test by North Korea. North Korea should stop taking any actions which would worsen the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Expecting confirmation of the characteristics of the nuclear test announced and observed this night in North Korea, France condemns this unacceptable violation of [UN] Security Council resolutions and calls for a strong reaction from the internation[...]
If a nuclear device has been detonated ... it underlines the very real threat that North Korea represents to regional and international security.
(He) was separated from the rest of his team, prevented from boarding that flight, taken to a hotel and interrogated by the security bureau here in Pyongyang before being made to sign a statement and then released, eventually allowed to rejoin us he[...]
North Korea is a constant font of generalised threats, but putting a time stamp on it is a little bit different.
There is a high possibility that North Korea will attack loudspeaker facilities.
The fact that both sides' shells didn't damage anything means they did not want to spread an armed clash. There is always a chance for war, but that chance is very, very low.
There have of course been news bulletins on North Korean television announcing the North Korean military's pretty bombastic statements.
This is a bad time to pick a fight with the South while it has all these resources there.
I would love to end the nuclear ambitions of Iran without firing a shot. But you have to know who you are talking to and what they actually want. I believe they want a nuclear weapon to assure regime survivability. I believe they are going to push f[...]
China is dedicated to developing a friendly cooperative relationship with both North Korea and South Korea.
The government must now work closely with the international community to ensure that North Korea pays the commensurate price for the latest nuclear test. We must respond decisively through measures such as strong international sanctions.
We are united firmly in our determination to stand up against any threats from the DPRK (North Korea), which obviously with its recent behaviour has indicated even greater unwillingness to be reasonable and come to the table to talk about de-nuclear[...]
Such a public and brutal method of execution would emphasis the cost of disloyalty.
And it violates the Pyongyang Declaration – an agreement between Japan and North Korea related to making joint efforts towards peace and security – Japan and North Korea agreed upon the joint declaration at the six-party talks and various United Nat[...]
This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is an extremely problematic action for ensuring the safe passage of ships and aeroplanes.
First, sooner or later they will produce a bomb. Exactly like what happened after a similar agreement with North Korea a few years ago. And second, other countries, other Sunni countries in the vicinity will demand it.
We would hope that China would work with us to send a clear, unmistakable message to North Korea that they have to demonstrate a seriousness of purpose in ending their provocative actions.
What I do think it is very important that everyone takes stock of the leverage that we have to get North Korea to return to the six-party talks and negotiate seriously the dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program.
The past 140 days have been the most difficult and heart-wrenching time of our lives. We are very grateful that we were granted amnesty by the government of North Korea, and we are so happy to be home. We are just so anxious right now to be able to [...]
The six-party talks offer North Korea the best path towards that acceptance through dialogue. We call on North Korea to cease its provocative threats, to respect the will of the international community, and to honour its international commitments an[...]
We are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power. The rhetoric that we are hearing from North Korea is simply unacceptable by any standard.
After leaving North Korea I lived in Beijing for a few months, also Myanmar and Thailand, so I saw all kind of things we don't have in our country: roads full of cars and skyscrapers, shops and food. But I feel lucky, my journey was easier than my f[...]
We are considering taking independent sanctions against North Korea. In addition, we will make use of all possible measures to solve the issue. I have given clear instructions to prepare for the unforeseen.
We will work closely and discuss with the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and other relevant countries, and strongly call on North Korea to refrain from the planned launch.
There is additional pressure that can be placed on North Korea, additional sanctions that can be put in place. Of course these have the most effect if they have the strong support of China, a key nation in this regard and a permanent member of the S[...]
I am here today to insist North Korea give up its nuclear development. If it makes the right choice, we will expand exchanges and cooperation.
Sometimes countries like Iran and North Korea will make this kind of macho show of force, largely for domestic purposes before they make a concession. Iranian President Ahmadinejad is in a very tough position. International pressure, domestic pressu[...]
I think it's a bit too tough. It might corner the Iranians. The Chinese always argue that this case is different from North Korea, so we can't apply the same standards.
I hope that (North Korea) understands that, as the rest of us do, that we really are reaching a fork in the road. We can either go forward on a diplomatic track or you have to go to a much more difficult track and that is a track that involves sanct[...]
We all know about the possibility that North Korea would fire a ballistic missile, so we are closely monitoring with the US the North's movement and the chances of a ballistic missile launch.
We all want North Korea to get back to the moratorium on launches of missiles and to get back to the six-party talks on the basis of the outcome that was reached in September last year to resolve the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula.
I just want to say thank you to all for supporting me and lifting me up and not forgetting me. At the same time, I'm not forgetting the people of North Korea. And thanks for supporting my family as well.
We all agree that there must be a strong Security Council resolution that will require North Korea to abide by its international commitments to dismantle its nuclear programmes. This resolution should also specify a series of measures to prevent Nor[...]
I think there will probably be new sanctions or strengthening of sanctions by the US and South Korea. So North Korea will likely look for ways not to bow to outside pressure and will hold a nuclear test to do so.
The missile test on Monday was a warning to the West not to interfere with the situation in North Korea during mourning, but then they are unlikely to conduct more nuclear tests unless they're provoked.
You guys are at freedom's frontier. The contrast between South Korea and North Korea could not be clearer, could not be starker.
I don't think we can expect great progress or great reforming instinct from him, partly because I think he will need to prove his strength, prove his assertiveness as a leader. Ironically, this comes at a time when it appears North Korea was beginni[...]
I think the possibility of adding North Korea back on the list of countries with governments sponsoring terrorism is low because there is no precedent of a case being added on the list because of a cyber attack. And what is more, even if North Korea[...]
I've repeatedly emphasised in the process of negotiations with North Korea, that the Kaesong industrial complex should be normalised as soon as possible – so that our companies in the complex will minimise the damage and the factories can operate ag[...]
I will be working on getting the cooperation of various nations at the G8 to show a strong will in calling on North Korea to restrain itself.
It is also Beijing's responsibility to tell the powers in North Korea that with these renewed threats and provocations they have gone too far.
This is in a way a gesture to break that mounting pressure, the international mounting pressure, that was being applied on North Korea. So North Korea is probably trying to diffuse that a little bit by releasing the two American reporters.
The process going on now is about stability. It's likely that the stroke of Kim Jong-il, or suspected stroke of Kim Jong-il, triggered the urgency around the succession. And really the goal here is to make sure that both locally, within North Korea,[...]
What I have seen here is basically North Korea attacked this island, which is a clear violation of the armistice agreement.
North Korea is using it's nuclear program to keep it's people in line and to push South Korea and the United States for concessions.
China wants peace in the region to grow economically, and North Korea's activity is damaging the situation and it is also increasing the likelihood of a stronger US-Japan alliance and a missile defence, which China doesn't want. On the other hand, f[...]
I think this puts the Chinese in a position of being much more prepared to close the gap with the US in terms of how to respond to North Korea.
North Korea has agreed to implement a moratorium on long range missile launches, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities at Yongbyon including uranium enrichment activities.
Our military's assessment is that North Korea has not yet miniaturised (nuclear warheads for missiles). We think they are at a stage of miniaturising. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests but there is doubt whether it is at the stage where [...]
North Korea did provide a declaration of its plutonium-related activities and did blow up the cooling tower of its reactor at Yongbyon. That's been verified and that also is a positive step but there are more steps to be taken.
President Lee and I both agree on the need to break the pattern that has existed in the past. In which North Korea behaves in a provocative fashion, it then is willing to return to talks, it talks for a while, and then, leaves the talks seeking furt[...]
I want to underscore the commitments that the United States has, and intends always to honour, for the defence of South Korea and Japan. That is part of our alliance obligation which we take very seriously. So we hope that there will be an opportuni[...]
North Korea is a regime armed with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, Iran is aggressively pursuing its weapons and it exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom. States like these and their terrorist[...]
North Korea is not only deepening its own isolation, it's also inviting stronger international pressure as was evident overnight, as Russia and China, as well as our traditional alies South Korea and Japan have all come to the same conclusion: North[...]
American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. The Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions then ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our allies South Korea and insi[...]
By the tenure of the statements of all the Council members, I think there is support for sending a clear signal to Pyongyang and we will proceed to see if we can get that done in the next few days.
I urge China to use its influence to persuade Pyongyang that sabre-rattling, war rhetoric, provocations and infringements of international law must come to an end.