U.S. sanctions will continue on North Korea until it ceases proliferation activities

After extending its current economic sanctions against North Korea for one more year, the U.S. plans to keep sanctions in place until North Korea moves toward denuclearization, the State Department said on Monday.

Patrick Ventrell, the director of the State Department's press office, made the remarks on Monday during a daily press briefing. Ventrell responded to questions about the recent extension by the U.S. for an additional year of economic sanctions against North Korea. When asked if there were new sanctions to announce, Ventrell said the sanctions will remain the same for the time being and stay in place until North Korea stops its proliferation activities.

"I don't have any new sanctions to announce today, but we've been very clear that our sanctions will continue, that we want to stop the D.P.R.K. from its proliferation sensitive activities, and we'll continue to robustly implement those sanctions," Ventrell said.

Ventrell said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in the Asia-Pacific region as part of a commitment by South Korea, Japan and China to a denuclearized North Korea.

"But as you know, the secretary's out in the region right now," Ventrell said. "He's had a productive conversation, the trilateral meeting with South Korea and Japan. He's had a meeting with his Chinese counterpart. And all of these countries, we're all committed to denuclearization and North Korea upholding its commitments to the international community to denuclearize. And so we remain firm with our counterparts on that."