Deutsche Presse-Agentur
June 7, 2010

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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday said any efforts to make North Korea accountable over the sinking of a South Korean warship may have little effect given Pyongyang’s defiant attitude.

North Korea’s stance was an obstacle for finding the adequate measures short of military options, Gates told the BBC on the sidelines of a summit on Asian security in Singapore.

‘You can bring together additional pressure, you can do another resolution at the UN,’ Gates said in an interview posted on the BBC website.

‘As long as the regime doesn’t care about what the outside world thinks of it, as long as it doesn’t care about the well-being of its people, there is not a lot you can do about it, to be quite frank, unless you are willing at some point to use military force,’ he said.

‘And nobody wants to do that,’ Gates said.

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