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Kerry links NK nuke issue with Iran problem
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Wednesday for a quick and tough response by the international community to North Korea's nuclear test earlier this week.

   He emphasized the seriousness of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, describing them as a grave challenge to global security and to Washington's goal of nonproliferation.

   "The international community now needs to come together with a swift and clear, strong, credible response, as pledged in the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2087," the secretary said in a press conference after talks with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh.

   He was referring to a resolution to expand and tighten sanctions on North Korea for its long-range rocket launch conducted in December.

   Kerry, a former senator known for expertise in foreign affairs, said dealing with North Korea's nuclear ambitions is associated with an effort to tackle Iran's nuclear drive.

   "My message about this is really simple, that this is not only about the DPRK (North Korea) and its continued flaunting of its obligations under three separate U.N. Security Council resolutions; this is about proliferation. And this is also about Iran," he said.