John Kerry Heads to Seoul

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, shakes hands with unidentified South Korean Air Force soldiers upon his arrival at Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Friday, April 12, 2013. Kerry is traveling to Asia to meet with U.S. allies and visit here on the first leg of his three-nation Asian tour. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Kerry arriving in Seoul on Friday. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

    Do they or don’t they? Amid Pentagon reports that it would be “inaccurate” to suggest that North Korea has proven its nuclear-missile ability—despite a classified report from the Defense Intelligence Agency on Thursday—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Seoul. In a news conference, Kerry reaffirmed the U.S.’s support of its allies and called North Korea’s ramped-up rhetoric “unacceptable.” He said that the U.S. would be willing to enter talks with Kim Jong-un only if he’s serious about denuclearization. Asked if war is imminent, a U.S. official in Seoul said “not at all.” An official said Washington’s greatest concern is Kim Jong-un’s “youth and inexperience” leading to a “miscalculation” of the situation.

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