Sunday, June 7, 2009
CAEN, France – US President Barack Obama said Saturday that North Korea’s nuclear weapon test had been “extraordinarily provocative” and that it would be “profoundly dangerous” for Iran to get a nuclear bomb.
Obama highlighted the separate policies being pursued against the two, with the United States seeking a tougher line on Stalinist North Korea while it has a new start to Iran’s hardline Islamic government.
Iran’s nuclear programme featured in talks between Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy who condemned what he called “senseless” new remarks by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casting doubt on the Holocaust.
Obama was asked about the nuclear threat from the two states at a press conference after the meeting in the northern French city of Caen.
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“North Korea’s actions over the last couple of months have been extraordinarily provocative,” he said.
“They have made no bones about the fact that they are testing nuclear weapons, testing missiles that would potentially have intercontinental capacity. And, in fact, we are not intending to continue a policy of rewarding provocation,” he added.