After meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, President Barack Obama said, “We both agreed that now’s the time for North Korea to end the kind of belligerent approach that they’ve been taking. And to try to lower temperatures. Nobody wants to see a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.”
Obama also offered the proverbial carrot and stick to the North Koreans; he vowed to continue diplomatic efforts with North Korea but also said the his administration would take “all necessary steps” to protect the United States and its allies.
North Korea has been threatening to launch a nuclear attack against South Korea and the United States; the U.S. has responded with a display of stealth B-2 bombers and F-22 fighters. U.S. defense officials, noting the rumors that North Korea will test-launch a medium-range missile this week that could reach all of Japan or Guam, insisted that the U.S. has the capacity to intercept any such missiles.