U.S. still waiting to see North Korea make progress toward denuclearization

The U.S. will only take part in bilateral talks with North Korea during Six-Party Talks and only if North Korea produces concrete actions toward denuclearization, the State Department said on Monday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Monday as part of her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to questions about North Korea's recent request to have bilateral talks with the U.S. When asked how the request was different from past requests, Psaki said there were few differences and that North Korea must take steps toward denuclearization if talks are to occur.

"The international community has been very consistent and clear that North Korea must verifiably end its nuclear problem, and to achieve the goal of denuclearization North Korea must engage in authentic and credible negotiations that produce concrete denuclearization actions," Psaki said. "So is it different than that? No, we haven't seen evidence of that. And that is what we're waiting for."

Psaki went on to say that the U.S. would only meet with North Korea in coordination with other members of the Six-Party Talks. She reiterated, however, that the most important aspect of the talks was North Korea's willingness to move forward on denuclearization.

"The key piece here is that they need to take credible steps to move towards concrete denuclearization," Psaki said.