U.S. position remains unchanged on North Korea

The U.S. is committed to credible and authentic talks on denuclearization with its partners to ensure North Korea does not have nuclear weapons, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday during her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to a question about whether or not Secretary of State John Kerry directly talked with an official from North Korea during the East Asian Summit's ministerial meeting. Psaki said that the department recently spoke on the subject of North Korea with other Asian countries and that the U.S. position remains the same.

"There was a trilateral meeting to follow up, and there was also a meeting with an official from China to follow up on meetings that (special representative for North Korea policy) Glyn Davies had just a couple of weeks ago," Psaki said. "Those conversations will continue, but our position on North Korea remains the same. We are committed to authentic and credible talks on denuclearization with our partners to implement the 2005 joint statement. North Korea knows what they need to do, which is to abide by their international obligations, and our position on that has not changed."

When asked if North Korea would come back to Six-Party Talks, Psaki said the ball is in North Korea's court.

"I don't want to speculate on what they would or wouldn't do," Psaki said. "The ball is in their court to take the steps that are necessary. We've been meeting, as the secretary just met with a couple of his counterparts in this that are members of the Six-Party Talks, and our position remains, again, the same."