Speaking in the Oval Office after meeting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Obama said that no one wanted to see conflict break out.
“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. “And to try to lower temperatures. Nobody wants to see a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.”
Obama said it was important for Pyongyang to observe the U.N. resolutions that have passed and pledged to continue working to get those issues resolved diplomatically.
But he also told the secretary general that his administration would take “all necessary steps” to protect the United States and its allies.
Read more on The Hill's DEFCON blog.