Obama: North Korea must end belligerence

Obama: North Korea must end belligerence

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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about his proposed fiscal 2014 federal budget, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 3:27 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 (bahn kee-moon) after the two met in the Oval Office.

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