North Korea will not get new talks until it takes credible steps toward denuclearization

The U.S. is still open to talks with North Korea if it takes concrete steps toward denuclearization, including honoring the 2005 joint statement of the Six-Party Talks, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Wednesday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to questions about a recent North Korean government statement that mentioned the U.S. and the protective nuclear umbrella it provides South Korea. Psaki said the position of the U.S. is consistent on the matter.

"We've long expressed our openness in coordination with our key partners, Six-Party Talks partners," Psaki said. "However, there are steps that North Korea needs to take, including credible denuclearization, abiding by their international obligations and by the 2005 joint statement. And certainly we're not for talks for talks."

The joint statement of the fourth round of the Six-Party Talks was released on September 19, 2005. During the talks, North Korea committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs. At that time, the U.S. affirmed it had no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and had no intention to invade or attack North Korea with either conventional or nuclear weapons.

When asked what credible steps North Korea could take to prompt a meeting with the U.S., Psaki pointed to the joint statement as a guideline for North Korea to follow.