White House says offer of North Korean nuclear talks still on table

National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on August 1, 2022. (Yuri Gripas, Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) – The United States remains ready to begin talks with North Korea on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while guaranteeing “that we also have the capabilities in the region and ready to go there if necessary. where we need it,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.

After a week in which a North Korean ballistic missile launch triggered an alert in Japan, Kirby told ABC’s “This Week” that the United States was working on increased military cooperation with South Korea and Japan. to counter Kim Jong Un’s threats.

Kim “has decided not to accept this offer,” Kirby said on Sunday. “Quite the opposite: now it has improved its ballistic missile program. He clearly has not given up on his nuclear weapons ambitions.

South Korea has said its military will step up security cooperation with the United States and Japan, including deploying “US strategic assets”, after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles on Sunday. scope.

The missile tests add to the 10 launched by North Korea in the past two weeks. The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier group turned back after one of the missiles flew over Japan. The group returned to waters off the Korean Peninsula and held missile defense drills with naval forces from Japan and South Korea on Thursday.

“We want to see the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, verifiable and complete, and we have communicated with the North Koreans,” said Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the National Security Council.

“So what we have to do, because we have this offer on the table, is make sure that we also have the capabilities in the region and that we are ready to leave in case we need them,” said- he declared.

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