U.S. will continue to collaborate with five-party partners on North Korea

The U.S. plans to keep up its collaboration with regional allies and five-party partners on the issue of North Korean denuclearization, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Friday during a press briefing from Washington. Harf was asked if the U.S. was worried about increased instability on the Korean Peninsula after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reportedly had his uncle executed. She said the incident is indicative of what North Korea's regime truly values.

"I think what this is indicative of is really the values of the regime, their low regard for human life, what's probably one of the worst human rights records in the world," Harf said. "I think you saw our statement last night that - and I would challenge anyone to characterize it in a way different than what we did. So we're going to keep talking to our allies and partners in the region."

Harf said the U.S. will continue its collaboration with its allies and five-party partners because of the important issue of North Korean denuclearization.

"Our core policy on North Korea remains unchanged, that we remain focused on the need for North Korea to denuclearize," Harf said. "We're going to increase our discussions with our allies and partners in the region about the internal situation in North Korea."