US vows to defend itself, allies amid N Korea crisis

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 - 7:55


The United States vowed to defend itself and its regional allies after North Korea again stepped up its warlike rhetoric and the UN warned that the crisis could spin out of control.

Standing side-by-side with counterpart South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, US Secretary of State John Kerry denounced "an extraordinary amount of unacceptable rhetoric from the North Korean government in the last days.

Kerry was speaking after North Korea triggered renewed alarm by warning it would reopen the Yongbyon reactor -- its source of weapons-grade plutonium -- in the latest in a series of increasingly aggressive threats.