Kerry: North Korea's launch is 'reckless' and 'stubborn'

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry issued a blistering statement Monday condemning North Korea for their missile and nuclear tests.

"North Korea's reckless, stubborn, and persistent steps to attract international attention will never buy it the security, legitimacy, and respect it seeks," the Massachusetts Democrat said.

"North Korea should wake up and realize that only denuclearization offers a path to genuine security and economic opportunity," he added. "The international community should now speak with one voice to condemn the North's nuclear test and urge it to abandon its irresponsible behavior."

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