“We have a clear objective in relation to North Korea, it is denuclearization,” said Psaki.
The American government spokeswoman said at a news conference that the United States will continue to apply sanctions against the North Korean regime, but that it is in contact with allies in the region to try to open diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.
President Joe Biden has avoided commenting on the issue as his office finishes reviewing the approaches to closer ties with North Korea initiated during the Trump administration.
Donald Trump met with dictator Kim Jong-un three times. With the meetings, the nuclear program was temporarily suspended, as well as missile launches.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting in Panmunjom, South Korea, in June 2019 – Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters / Archive
Earlier this month, officials from the US, Japan and South Korea attended a closed meeting to discuss the new US government policy for North Korea.
This was the first meeting between these three allies since Joe Biden took office. In late March, North Korea fired missiles again.
The North Korean government is trying to end the international sanctions that were imposed in response to its arms program.
Trump and Kim reached an agreement in Singapore in 2018, but so far it remains to be seen whether the Biden government will take the terms of that understanding into account.
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