Korea warned by US about provocation after executions
Earnest December 16, 2013
Media WASHINGTON—The United States has warned North Korea against any "provocative acts" following the execution of leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle.
Washington also sought to step up talks with its Asian allies, voicing
concern over regional stability after Jang Song-Thaek—seen as Kim's
political regent and the country's unofficial number two, was executed
on Thursday following a special military trial.
it's something we're concerned about, and we would urge the North
Koreans not to take provocative acts, not to do so going forward,
because it's not in the interest of regional stability," US State
Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Friday.
came after South Korea's defense chief Kim Kwan-Jin pledged to increase
military vigilance against any potential provocations, saying the
stunning purge indicated Kim Jong-Un's firm resolve to tighten his grip
"We will heighten readiness against North Korea as
(Jang's execution) can lead to provocations against the South," he said
in the parliamentary defense meeting on Friday. "This case can be seen
as part of the reign of terror by Kim Jong-Un as he is seeking to
consolidate his power with an iron fist."Add