U.S. working with partners to pressure North Korea into denuclearization

The U.S. is working with partners in the Asia-Pacific region to pressure and encourage North Korea into meeting its obligations of denuclearization, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Thursday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to questions about what actions the U.S. might take in regards to resuming Six-Party Talks related to North Korea and its international obligations. Psaki said the U.S. is working directly with partners in the region to apply the right balance of pressure and encouragement.

"(Secretary of State John Kerry), as you know, was just a couple of weeks ago in South Korea and Japan and China, and discussed this very issue with our partners there," Psaki said. "And we remain committed to working with our partners in the region to put necessary pressure on but also encourage them to take the steps they know they can take."

When asked if the U.S. demanded any preconditions for the talks, Psaki said the U.S. has yet to change its stance on North Korea's commitment to denuclearization.

"Our position has been longstanding on this issue," Psaki said. "The North Koreans know what they need to do. They need to abide by their international obligations, including the 2005 joint statement around the Six-Party Talks, and that is the step that needs to be taken."