Obama reminds North Korea
of U.S. ‘military might’
President Barack Obama said on Saturday America didn’t employ its military might to “enforce issues” on others, but that it’d use that may if required to protect South Korea from any invasion from the reclusive North.
The North warned last month it’d not eliminate a “new type” of nuclear test following the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang’s start of the mid-range ballistic missile to the ocean east of the Korean peninsula.
Obama and South Korean Leader Park Geun-hye presented an united front against North Korea in a joint news conference following their summit on Friday, warning they would respond strongly to any “provocations” by Pyongyang which regularly threatens America and South Korea with damage.
“we-don’t use our military might to enforce these issues on others, but we shall not hesitate to make use of our military might to protect our allies and our life-style,” Obama told cheering U.S. forces in the Yongsan garrison on the warm spring day.
“So like all countries On The Planet, North Korea and its own individuals have an option. They are able to decide to proceed along a lonely street of solitude, or they could decide to join the remainder of the planet and find another of greater opportunity, and better protection, and greater value – another that currently exists for that people about the southern end of the Korean peninsula.”
North Korea has already been susceptible to U.N. sanctions over its past three nuclear checks.
Current satellite data shows continuing work on the atomic test site in North Korea, though experts examining the information state that products don’t seem to have advanced far enough for an impending examination.
Contributing to concerns surrounding Obama’s trip to South Korea, the North released on Friday it’d arrested a 24-year-old American this month who needed asylum after arriving in the united states on the tourist visa.
Obama is using his week-long Asia trip to try and ease concerns among U.S. partners about his offer to “rebalance” financial, diplomatic and military resources toward the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.
He’s sought to strike a balance between displaying America is a counterweight to China without offending Beijing, which concerns that Washington really wants to include its growth and impact.
Park and Obama also urged China, North Korea’s main ally, to uses its influence to help rein in its unpredictable neighbor.
Underscoring the huge differences between the impoverished North as well as the economically powerful South, Obama met earlier having a business roundtable in Seoul where he praised the advantages of an U.S.-South Korea trade deal that took effect in 2012.
Obama’s visit came at the same time when South Koreans remain busy with the aftermath of the tragedy of the ferry carrying countless youths, among the worst disasters going to the nation today.
Worrying a heavy U.S. relationship with South Korea during his visit, Obama has expressed condolences to the Korean people as well as Playground. Over 300 people drowned or are missing and presumed dead following the April 16 tragedy. Inspections are centered on mechanical failure and human error.
Before visiting Seoul, Obama spent several days in Tokyo – the very first full state visit with an U.S. leader since 1996 – on the visit designed to demonstrate the U.S.-Japan alliance, the primary pillar of America’s security strategy in Asia, is strong at the same time of growing concerns over-growing Chinese assertiveness as well as the North Korean nuclear threats.
He’s also visiting the Philippines and Malaysia.