White House to See if North Korea is Serious Regarding Talks

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The US White House says that it will see whether the interest of North Korea in opening talks with the United States of America marks the first step toward removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokesperson, says that Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, remains committed to achieving the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula. Sanders says that the United States, South Korea and other countries agree that denuclearisation must be the result of any talks with North Korea.

Her statement comes as a response to a statement that was released earlier on Sunday from the presidential office of South Korea, the Olympic host, stating that North Korea had expressed the willingness to hold discussions with the United States.

Sanders says that the “maximum pressure campaign” of Donald Trump must continue until North Korea chooses to abandon the country’s nuclear and missile programs. Last week, Trump imposed various new sanctions on North Korea.