Clinton accuses N. Korea of ‘belligerent’ acts

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned that North Korea will face consequences because of “provocative and belligerent” actions that include threatened military attacks against U.S. and South Korean warships.

Clinton also underscored Wednesday the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea and Japan in the aftermath of North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests this week. She said that talks at the United Nations “are going on to add to the consequences that North Korea will face.”

Clinton’s stern statement came after North Korea threatened military attacks against U.S. and South Korean warships and called Seoul’s decision to join an international program to intercept ships suspected of aiding nuclear proliferation tantamount to a declaration of war.

“North Korea has made a choice,” Clinton said, to violate U.N. Security Council resolutions, ignore international warnings and abrogate commitments made during six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.