State Department says North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons will not bring security
Daniel Russel, the assistant secretary for the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, made the remarks on Monday during a press conference in Washington. Russel responded to a question about U.S. plans to restart the Six-Party Talks and said the U.S. must convince North Korea's leaders to make the best choice.
"Our approach is a rules-based approach, it's a principled approach, and it is founded on the simple fact that North Korea faces a fundamental choice," Russel said. "Its pursuit of nuclear weapons has not and will not bring it security, and it certainly will not bring it international respect. If North Korea, however, makes the fundamental choice to think of the welfare of its people and to come into compliance, to begin taking steps to comply with both the U.N. Security Council resolutions and to live up to - to honor its own commitments, it will find help not only from the United States, but from partners like the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and the broader international community."
Russel said there is a broad consensus around the world that North Korea should choose to live up to its international obligations.
"There's a broad international consensus, and North Korea knows what it needs to do," Russel said. "We want to negotiate on the basis of the commitments that North Korea has made and the U.N. Security Council resolutions. North Korea has to show its seriousness of purpose and its willingness to negotiate a denuclearization agreement, as it has committed to."