WASHINGTON - The United States and South Korea vowed on Tuesday to keep up their guard and not reward bad behavior by North Korea, which US President Barack Obama said had won no benefits or prestige from recent war threats.
"If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again," Obama said at a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye."President Park and myself very much share the view that we are going to maintain a strong deterrent, we're not going to reward provocative behavior, but we remain open to the prospect of North Korea taking a peaceful path," he said.
Obama's meeting with Park, South Korea's first female president, comes after signs of what a Pentagon spokesman called "provocation pause" by Pyongyang after nearly months of threats to attack the United States and South Korea.
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