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US Responds To North Korea Nuclear Strike Threat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responds to a threat from North Korea to launch a preemptive nuclear strike at the United States.

"With respect to North Korea, I think President Obama and the American people and the world would like to see the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, take responsible actions for peace and for responsible activity within the region, and rather than threaten to abrogate and threaten to move in some new direction, the world would be better served if he would direct his people and make the decision himself to engage in a legitimate dialogue, in legitimate negotiations in order to resolve not just American concerns, but the concerns of the Japanese, of the South Koreans, of the Russians, the Chinese, and South Korea -- I think I said South Koreans -- everybody in the region.

And so that's our hope, and we will continue to do what is necessary to defend our nation and the region together with our allies. But our preference is not to brandish threats at each other; it is to get to the table and negotiate a peaceful resolution to that crisis also."

Kerry made the remarks after meeting with with Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

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