U.S. seeks future possibility of normal relationship with North Korea

The U.S. seeks a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, in part, to increase the chances of establishing normal relationships between North Korea and the world at large, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.

Kerry made the remarks on Monday during a press conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Kerry spoke about his recent meetings with representatives of China, South Korea and Japan. He said the U.S. and the three Asian nations are united behind the pursuit of a denuclearized North Korea.

"I want to emphasize, in my meetings with the Chinese Foreign Minister as well as the Republic of Korea Minister, and Japanese Minister, all of us - all four of us - are absolutely united and absolutely firm in our insistence that the future with respect to North Korea must include denuclearization," Kerry said. "China made it clear to me they have made very firm statements and very firm steps that they have taken with respect to the implementation of that policy. And in the end, we know that the only way we will find the stability that we want and the peace that we want is for North Korea to honor its commitments made under the September 19th, 2005 joint statement of the Six-Party Talks, which refers very specifically to verifiable denuclearization."

Kerry said the four countries confirmed that a better path exists for North Korea. If North Korea denuclearizes, he said the country could establish normal relationships with the U.S. and the rest of the world.

"We confirmed that there is a better path open to North Korea, and we want North Korea to understand that, that the region will be better with the denuclearization and the possibilities of normal relationships - not just between the South and the North or China and North Korea, but between the United States and North Korea and the rest of the world - lies at the end of engaging in a serious set of steps to denuclearize and serious negotiations that could accompany that," Kerry said.