May 7 - The United States and South Korea agree on maintaining a deterrent posture towards North Korea and on not rewarding that provocative behavior from Pyongyang, President Barack Obama said. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A message to North Korea as U.S. President Barack Obama stands side by side with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the White House Tuesday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "If Pyongyang thought its recent threats would drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States or somehow garner the North international respect, today is further evidence that North Korea has failed again." Obama says it is a new era. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "The days when North Korea could create a crisis and illicit concessions -- those days are over." But he also left the door open to a different future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "We are going to maintain a strong deterrent, we're not going to reward provocative behavior, but we remain open to the prospect of North Korea taking a peaceful path." At the wide-ranging news conference Obama was also asked about the use of chemical weapons in Syria -- and whether the so-called red line has been crossed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "What I have said is that we have evidence that there has been the use of chemical weapons inside of Syria -- but I don't make decisions based on perceived and I can't organize international coalitions around perceive. We tried that in the past by the way and it did not work out well." Park will address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.