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Obama hardens US stance on North Korean defiance


CAEN, France (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's now taking a "very hard look" at tougher measures against a defiant North Korea.

In remarks today in France, Obama said North Korea's actions over the last several months have been "extraordinarily provocative." He noted the North's testing of nuclear weapons and missiles that have a potential intercontinental capacity. And it remains a military threat to South Korea, with large artillery forces capable of striking Seoul with little or no warning.

Obama says he does not intend to "continue a policy of rewarding provocation."

Despite the president's blunt language, a Pentagon official says no military moves are planned. Obama says he prefers diplomacy but indicates he's weighing tighter financial sanctions against the North.