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Pence: Trump's strategy to isolate North Korea is working

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by Joseph Earnest March 09, 2018


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's tough policies on North Korea have succeeded in encouraging Pyongyang to come to the negotiations table, Vice President Pence said in a statement.


    North Korea's desire to meet to discuss denuclearization while suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing—is evidence that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working," Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a statement.


According to the statement, whichever direction talks with North Korea go, US will be firm in their resolve.

    "The United States and out allies remain committed to applying maximum pressure in the Kim regime to end their nuclear program. All options are on the table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearization," the statement reads.

Pence noted that US policy on North Korea has not changed and Washington will continue to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang to take concrete steps and end its nuclear program. The same position was voiced by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

On late Thursday, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong said Trump had agreed to meet with Kim by the month of May on achieving permanent denuclearization. Chung added that the North Korean leader has also agreed to halt nuclear tests.

The State Department's Deputy Director of Policy Planning David Tessler said that the maximum pressure campaign would continue until the "North Koreans actually match these words with deeds."

Tessler said Thursday's announcement was a sign that the tough sanctions are starting to have an effect on the Kim regime.

President Trump also commented on the situation on Twitter as follows:

    "Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!" Add Comments >>



Source: Sputnik











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