President Obama has stated ahead of the upcoming nuclear summit in South Korea that North Korea should cease and desist from "provocations"
Obama has warned North stating that it will "achieve nothing by threats or by provocations," BBC Newsreported.
Its planned rocket assisted satellite launch in April to mark Kim il Sung's 100th birthday has been previously deemed by Washington to be a provocation.
Obama has made these latest statements after a talk with the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. These statements come just ahead of the nuclear summit that South Korea is hosting.
Obama has stated that:
"North Korea knows its obligations and it must take irreversible steps to meet those obligations."
Obama has also criticized China, stating that its relative indifference and refusal to challenge or scrutinize North Korea over its nuclear programme was failing as a policy.
As The Guardianreports Obama is strongly urging North Korea to cancel this rocket launch, he has observed this about North Korea over the past few decades:
"There has been a pattern, I think, for decades, in which North Korea thought if they had acted provocatively, then somehow they would be bribed into ceasing and desisting acting provocatively."The Washington Times in its report on this event quoted Obama as stating that if the North Korea regime went ahead with this rocket test it would deepen its isolation from the international community.