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Rocket Launch Could 'Further Isolate' N. Korean Regime: Nuland Updated: 2012-12-13 00:00:00 KST

Rocket Launch Could 'Further Isolate' N. Korean Regime: Nuland
Washington says Pyongyang's rocket launch has made it more difficult for the six nations involved in talks on denuclearizing North Korea to resume the dialogue, and normalize relations with the isolated regime.

[Interview : Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State] "It is only going to serve to further isolate the North Korean regime. It's not going to do anything to help the poor, suffering North Korean people. It's only going to further impoverish them."

Calling the Wednesday launch a threat to regional security and a direct violation of UN resolutions, Nuland also said the U.S. expects the launch to elicit strong words of condemnation from the international community.

[Interview : Victoria Nuland, Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State] "The United States is going to work very closely with our six-party talks partners and with our UN Security Council partners and other countries in the international community to take appropriate action."

When asked if isolating the North and further restricting the regime's finances are still effective, Nuland said Washington has given Pyongyang a choice: to either stay on the path to isolation or change course and prioritize its people's needs.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, however, the Obama administration is leaving the door open for the leadership in Pyongyang, but remains committed to nonproliferation.
Carney added the U.S. is working closely with China and Russia, two permanent Security Council members, to make it clear that the international community cannot accept the North's ballistic missile or nuclear programs.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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