Together we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea. The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response. A year of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed, and frankly, that patience is over. We are working closely with South Korea and Japan, as well as partners around the world, to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea.
The United States calls on other regional powers, and all responsible nations, to join us in implementing sanctions and demanding that the North Korean regime choose a better path, and do it quickly, and a different future for its long-suffering people. Our goal is peace, but the United States will defend itself, always will defend itself, always.