NPR – President Obama came to South Korea to talk about global nuclear security with world leaders, but found himself trying to build a unified front against North Korea’s planned rocket launch next month.
Obama and South Korean president Lee Myung-bak strenuously warned North Korea not to go ahead with the launch. In a speech Monday at the summit in Seoul, Obama used some of the toughest language he has ever used addressed to the leaders of North Korea.
“And know this: There will be no rewards for provocations,” Obama said. “Those days are over. To the leaders of Pyongyang I say, this is the choice before you. This is the decision that you must make. Today we say Pyongyang, have the courage to pursue peace and give a better life to the people of North Korea.”