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March 27, 2012 5:00 am

Obama Asks Chinese President Jintao for Help with North Korea Rocket Launch

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President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of China begin their working dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, in 2011. Photo: wiki commons.

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.”

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