U.S. continues to hold North Korea to international nuclear obligations

The U.S. continues to hold North Korea to its commitments and international obligations to abandon all nuclear weapons, the State Department said on Wednesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Wednesday during a daily press briefing. Harf responded to a question about a recent remark made by North Korea in relation to the resumption of Six-Party Talks.

On Wednesday, Kim Kye Gwan, a North Korean diplomat and a member of the country's Six-Party Talks delegation, said North Korea wants Six-Party Talks without any preconditions. Gwan made the statement during a visit to Beijing.

Harf said the U.S. continues to hold North Korea to its agreed-upon obligations.

"I would remind everyone that the (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) committed on numerous occasions, including in the September 2005 joint statement of the Six-Party Talks, to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs," Harf said. "We will continue to hold the D.P.R.K. to those commitments and its international obligations."

Harf said the onus is on North Korea to take meaningful actions toward denuclearization and refrain from making provocations. Harf had no further details on what the U.S. might be discussing in private diplomatic channels on the matter.