Washington is ready to continue the dialogue with Pyongyang and expects appropriate steps from the DPRK. This was announced on Thursday by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at a press conference with Thai Foreign Minister Don Poramatwinai following a US ministerial meeting – ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the DPRK on Friday in the fields of ASEAN in Thailand with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyong-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, the US Department of State reports.
“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Bangkok, Thailand, on the ASEAN forum’s fields. They reaffirmed the importance of the relationship between the United States, South Korea and Japan. North Korea’s verifiable denuclearization and continued dense work to address common challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, “the State Department said in a statement.
For many years, the nuclear program of the DPRK has caused concern to the world community, its development has provoked the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Pyongyang. After a series of rocket and nuclear tests in 2017, North Korea announced that it had achieved its program objectives and readiness for denuclearization, implying the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from the entire Korean Peninsula and the receipt of security guarantees. Since 2018, two US-DPRK summits were held, at which the parties agreed to move towards denuclearization and normalization of relations, four inter-Korean summits also took place.
Recently, the dialogue in both directions has stalled. Washington is demanding more decisive action from Pyongyang to abandon nuclear weapons, and the DPRK, in turn, notes that the United States is not taking anything at all in response to its voluntary steps to denuclearize.