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April 15, 2013

Secretary of State Warns North Korea Against Missile Testing

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As North Korea continues to threaten a missile launch, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the South Korean capital of Seoul to warn the North against further provocation.

“We are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power,” he said at a press conference with his South Korean counterpart. “The rhetoric that we are hearing from North Korea is simply unacceptable, by any standard”

In recent days, the North moved as many as five medium-range missiles to its east coast, which may have the ability to strike as far away as the American territory of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean.

However, the intelligence community is not agreed on whether the North’s nuclear weapons are actually capable of reaching their targets.

While the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) says they are moderately confident the North has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement: “It would inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage.”

Regardless, both the U.S. and South Korea say they are united against the North’s threats.

“We have kept to our principle that we will maintain a strong deterrence and will respond strongly to North Korea’s provocations,” said South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se.

Warm up questions

1. What do you know about the Korean War?

2. Where is North Korea? What do you know about it?

3. What does the secretary of state do? Who is the current secretary?

Discussion questions

1. How do you think the U.S. should respond to the threats from North Korea? Why?

2. Do you think it was important for Secretary Kerry to travel to South Korea to make this statement? Why or why not?

3. North Korea has been labeled a “rogue nation”. What do you think this means, and why do you think they have earned this label?

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