Kerry: U.S. stands with Japan on North Korean nonproliferation
Kerry made the statements at Tokyo Tech on Monday before members of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, the Japan-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship League and members of Japan's government. Kerry said he consulted with the leaders of China, the Republic of Korea and Japan to discuss the need to stand united against North Korea's nuclear missile program.
"We are united," Kerry said. "There can be no confusion on this point. The North's dangerous nuclear missile program threatens not only North Korea's neighbors, but it threatens its own people, and it threatens this concept of the Pacific Dream. The United States remains open to authentic and credible negotiations on denuclearization, but the burden is on Pyongyang. North Korea must take meaningful steps to show that it will honor commitments it has already made, and it has to observe laws and the norms of international behavior."
Kerry said that U.S. President Barack Obama has presented a clear vision for ridding the world of nuclear weapons and that the resistance from North Korea and other states is the last thing the world needs.
"At a time when the world is moving toward fewer nuclear weapons, not more, when President Obama has articulated a clear vision for nonproliferation the last thing we need is one or two states bucking the trend of history and common sense," Kerry said. "The world does not need more potential for war. And so we will stand together, and we welcome China's strong statement of its commitment two days ago to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."