North Korea Threatens US! Obama says US prepared!
North Korea Threatens US
Obama says US prepared
Updated: Monday, 22 Jun 2009, 9:43 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 22 Jun 2009, 7:01 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is declaring itself a "proud nuclear power" and warning it will strike if provoked.
But President Barack Obama is assuring Americans that his administration is "fully prepared" for any move Pyongyang might make. He tells CBS News that he's not going to "reward belligerence and provocation in the way that's been done in the past."
Japan's Coast Guard says it's received notice from North Korea's maritime authority that ships will be banned from the waters off the North Korean coast starting Thursday because of "military exercises." That comes amid reports that Pyongyang is getting ready for a long-range missile test around the 4th of July.
Meanwhile, a South Korean intelligence official says a North Korean cargo ship believed to be carrying banned weapons appears to be headed toward Myanmar. A U.S. destroyer is shadowing the vessel.
New U.N. Security Council sanctions require member states to inspect vessels believed to contain prohibited goods. The sanctions are intended to punish North Korea for conducting an underground nuclear test last month.
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