Washington: We will continue to press and impose all sanctions on North Korea[/rtl]
[rtl]Release Date: 2019/4/20 10:02 • 65 times read[/rtl]
(Reuters) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US diplomatic efforts would continue to achieve the goal of North Korea's nuclear disarmament, a day after a North Korean official said his country no longer wanted to deal with him during the talks.
"Nothing has changed," Pompeo told reporters in Washington. We will continue to work to negotiate I am still in charge of the team. President Trump of course is in charge of overall efforts, but my team. "
He added that US diplomats will continue their efforts to denuclearize North Korea, which is what Kim Jong-un committed in June.
"I am convinced that we will have a real chance to achieve this outcome," Pompeo told a joint news conference after talks with Japanese foreign and defense ministers.
In response to a question, Pompeo said he believed that diplomatic engagement with North Korea could be maintained even without the easing of the sanctions it demanded.
"We will continue to pressure North Korea to abandon all its weapons of mass destruction and programs and installations related to ballistic missiles.
"We will continue to impose all sanctions on North Korea and encourage all countries to do so." Despite Pompeo's comments, the future of US engagement with North Korea remains unclear since the summit, with no direct contacts between the two sides.
A North Korean foreign affairs official said on Thursday that North Korea no longer wanted to deal with Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks with someone more mature.
The statement came hours after North Korea announced its first test of weapons since the collapse of a second summit between Trump and Kim in February.
Experts said North Korea's statement appeared to be aimed at separating Trump from senior officials in the hope of extracting concessions, notably easing sanctions.
US officials played down the test of what North Korea called a "tactical" weapon, hinting at a short-range system, not ballistic missiles, seen as a threat to the United States.