A day after North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Obama administration’s broader strategy for North Korea wasn’t working well enough.
Fox News reporter Kevin Corke asked Earnest about the latest aggression by the rogue state during Wednesday’s briefing and the administration’s policies for North Korea.
“Well, we have not yet seen the kinds of results that we would like to see,” Earnest said. “But what we have succeeded in doing is making North Korea more isolated than before and made the international community more united than ever before.”
Earnest said that North Korea needed to end its nuclear program and put an end to the country’s provocative acts. He added that North Korea needed to work together with the international community to bring peace and stability to the Korean peninsula.
Corke asked Earnest if President Obama bears any responsibility for North Korea testing a hydrogen bomb and the six-party talks not moving forward.
“I don’t think that is the situation that we see,” Earnest said.
Prior to Corke’s round of questions, Andrew Beatty of Agence France-Presse asked Earnest if the U.S. had a red line against North Korea and what that was.
Earnest artfully dodged the question and continued to tout that the U.S. has successfully made North Korea the most isolated country in the world.
In 2009, North Korea pulled out of nuclear disarmament talks with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the U.S., and it restarted its nuclear program. The multilateral negotiations became known as the six-party talks. The isolated communist country expelled U.N. nuclear inspectors from its borders after abruptly ending the talks.
Hillary Clinton said in 2009 that one of the administration’s goals would be to end North Korea’s nuclear program.