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President Obama: North Korea Should End Belligerence Now

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President Barack Obama says now is the time for North Korea to end its belligerence. He says the United States will take, in his words, "all necessary steps" to protect its people.

But Obama also says that no one wants to see a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea ratcheted up its threats against the U.S. after the U.N. Security Council levied new economic sanctions on the isolated nation. The penalties were in response to a February rocket launch.

Obama spoke alongside U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the two met in the Oval Office.

In London, leaders from eight of the wealthiest nations also condemned North Korea's nuclear program and said its "war rhetoric" needs to end.

"We urge them to engage in credible and authentic and multilateral talks on denuclearization," says British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

He made the comments during their annual G-8 meeting.  

Meanwhile, a new Pentagon report says North Korea probably has nuclear weapons that can be launched by ballistic missile, although it says the weapons are not very reliable.

The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency was revealed Thursday by Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. Lamborn read what he said was an unclassified section of a classified report. A congressional official said the report was done in March.

It says the DIA "assesses with moderate confidence" that North Korea "currently has nuclear weapons" that can be delivered by ballistic missiles. It adds that DIA believes the weapons are of low reliability, meaning they might not work properly. The unclassified portion did not mention the striking range of such a weapon.  (AP)

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