Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOvernight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate Democrats' debate divisions open the race to new (or old) faces MORE 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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