U.S. will continue to hold North Korea to international obligations

The U.S. will continue to hold North Korea responsible for its international obligations to abandon its nuclear weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Wednesday during her daily press briefing. Wu Dawei, the Six-Party Talks delegation of China, visited North Korea on Wednesday to talk with Kim Kye-gwan, the North Korea Six-Party Talks delegation. When asked what the U.S. view was on the resumption of Six-Party Talks, Harf said the U.S. is committed to credible and authentic denuclearization talks.

"Well, clearly, as we all know, the (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) has committed on numerous occasions, including in the September 2005 joint statement on the Six-Party Talks, to abandon their nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, and we will continue to hold the DPRK to those commitments and its international obligations," Harf said. "So clearly, we think this is the forum in which it should be discussed. The onus is on North Korea here. Obviously, we remain committed to authentic and credible talks on denuclearization."

Harf had no update on whether or not the department thought Six-Party Talks could resume within the year.

Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Ambassador Robert King travelled to North Korea on Friday to negotiate the release of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae. Harf said the talks would focus solely on Bae's release.