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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:39 pm

US hopes NKorea can be dissuaded from nuke test

The Associated Press

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says North Korea's young leader has acted provocatively but she still hopes he can be convinced not to conduct a nuclear test.

Clinton said Tuesday the U.S. expected when Kim Jong Un came to power a year ago he would allow more openness and improve the lives of North Koreans.

Clinton told a global TV forum that nations need to work closely together on changing the North's behavior.

The U.N. Security Council last week tightened sanctions on Pyongyang to punish a long-range rocket launch.

Clinton declined to say what action the U.S. would seek if the North conducts a nuclear test.

She said she discussed the issue with Japan, South Korea, Russian, and China "because this is a threat to all of us."