The US shall continue to impose economic sanctions on North Korea with the aim of forcing the country to abandon its nuclear-arms programme, the White House has announced.
This comes after North Korea indicated that it would be open to talks with the United States.
Responding to this news, a White House statement said that ‘we will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization.
‘In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.’
The US has made it very clear that the success of peace talks between North and South Korea depend on the ending of the North’s nuclear-arms programme.
Indeed, a spokesman for the US State Department has claimed ‘we are in close contact with the Republic of Korea about our unified response to North Korea. As President Moon stated, ‘the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea’s nuclear program.’
North Korean state media has condemned new waves of economic sanctions from the US:
‘The U.S. brought the threat of war to the Korean peninsula with large-scale new sanctions,’ it claimed in a statement.
More to follow.