Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Obama: unclear who is running North Korea

US President Barack Obama said Sunday it was unclear who was "calling the shots" in North Korea under its new young leader and stepped up demands for Pyongyang to abort its planned rocket launch.

Obama stood with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak to present a united front against the communist North, hours after staring into what he termed a "time warp" as he visited the last land border left over from the Cold War.

The US leader also had some unusually public criticism of China for its failure to induce its North Korean ally to open its nuclear programme to inspections and end years of "provocations" and "bad behaviour".

"It is hard to have an impression of Kim Jong-Un, in part because the situation in North Korea still appears unsettled," Obama said of the man proclaimed "great successor" after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il last December. Read More