U.S. will continue to judge North Korea by its actions in 2014
Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Thursday during her daily press briefing. Harf responded to a question about North Korea's new year's address and noted the absence of any mention of the country's commitment to denuclearization. She reiterated that the U.S. position on North Korea remains the same and that the country must live up to its international obligations of denuclearization.
"We will continue to judge North Korea by its actions, not by its words," Harf said. "So they've, as I've said repeatedly, have committed on numerous occasions to denuclearize. That's certainly still our goal. We've also long made clear that we're open to authentic and credible negotiations to implement the September 2005 joint statement, and we'll see what happens from here."
When asked if Secretary of State John Kerry discussed North Korea during a recent call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Harf said she didn't have any updates on the subject. She did note, however, that the U.S. has frequent conversations on North Korean denuclearization with China.