The greatest threat of all would be terrorists getting their hands on loose nuclear material. So it's vital we bring the world together to stop North Korea's dangerous game. Our sanctions, despite our best efforts, were not enough. And although we have international sanctions against North Korea, some of which I helped to negotiate when I was there, they aren't enough either.
They're not enough because China has not yet made the decision that it needs to make. That North Korea poses a threat to the region and poses a threat to the kind of stable border relationship that China has always valued with North Korea. So we are going to continue to look at how we tighten sanctions, because I do think there's a role for sanctions.
We're also going to support and equip our allies in the region with the missile defense systems that they require to protect themselves. That is not something that either the North Koreans or the Chinese or the Russians in the region are particularly pleased about. But, what is the alternative?
We are not going to let anyone who is a treaty ally and partner of ours be threatened. And we are not going to let North Korea pursue a nuclear weapon with the ballistic missile capacity to deliver it to the United States territory. That is absolutely a bottom line.