US open to negotiations with North Korea, says Secretary of State Kerry
Iran Press TV
Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:32AM GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington is open to talks with North Korea over the issue of tensions on the Korean Peninsula if Pyongyang takes ‘meaningful steps’ to honor its international commitments.
“The United States remains open to authentic and credible negotiations on denuclearization, but the burden is on Pyongyang,” Kerry said in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Monday.
“North Korea must take meaningful steps to show it will honor commitments it has already made,” Kerry stated.
The US secretary of state arrived in Japan on Sunday on the last leg of his four-day visit to Asia to discuss recent tensions in the region.
On April 13, Kerry visited China, where Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for denuclearization, peace and dialogue as the best solution to the issue of the Korean Peninsula, which has been locked in a cycle of escalating military rhetoric following the participation of nuclear-capable US B-52 and B-2 stealth bombers in its recent joint military exercises with South Korea.
The moves by the US prompted North Korea to step up its war rhetoric, authorizing its army to launch ‘preemptive nuclear strikes’ on the United States.
Pyongyang has also said its military should be prepared to attack “all US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region, including the US mainland, Hawaii, and Guam.”
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