Statement by Secretary Kerry on the North Korean Nuclear Test (January 6)

The United States and nations around the world have unequivocally condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test.  This highly provocative act poses a grave threat to international peace and security and blatantly violates multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.

As I am reiterating today in conversations with my counterparts overseas, the U.S. is committed to defending the American people and honoring our security commitments to our allies in the region.  We do not and will not accept North Korea as a nuclear armed state, and actions such as this latest test only strengthen our resolve.  We will continue to work closely with our partners on the U.N. Security Council and in the Six-Party Talks to take appropriate action.

We call on the North to end these provocations and choose a better path.  North Korea will only achieve the security and development it claims to seek by living up to its international obligations and commitments.