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US: Now is Not the Time for Talks with N. Korea

News2018-01-18
US: Now is Not the Time for Talks with N. Korea

The U.S. State Department says its North Korea policy hasn't changed and now is not the time for talks.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a regular news briefing on Tuesday that it would be nice if Pyongyang shows willingness to become serious about denuclearization, but the U.S. and the North remain apart on the matter.

The spokeswoman said that the ongoing inter-Korean talks on the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is a very good sign, stressing that Pyongyang wouldn't have engaged in dialogue with Seoul without the U.S.-led "maximum pressure campaign" against the North. 

She added that the U.S. and more than 20 countries are seeking additional measures to enhance the pressure campaign, referring to a foreign ministers' meeting in Vancouver on North Korean issues.

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