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Obama says he’ll take ‘all necessary steps’ to protect U.S. from North Korea

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Brian Hughes,Politics Digest

President Obama Thursday called on North Korea to end its “belligerent” activity, saying the United States would take “all necessary steps” to protect itself from the increasingly aggressive nation.

U.S. officials believe North Korea could test-fire a missile capable of reaching the American territory of Guam.

“We both agreed that now’s the time for North Korea to end the kind of belligerent approach that they’ve been taking,” Obama said during a joint appearance with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office. “We will continue to try to work to resolve some of those issues diplomatically, even as I indicated to the secretary general that the United States will take all necessary steps to protect its people and to meet our obligations under our alliances in the region.”

North Korea last launched a rocket in February, and since then, has hinted at possible attacks on the United States and its allies.

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