South Korea and the US have decided to increase pressure and sanctions against North Korea stating that talks with N. Korea do not aid in resolving the N. Korean nuclear problem.
Kim Hong-kyun, the Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, met with Joseph Yun, the new US Special Representative for North Korea Policy of the US State Department, on November 1. The Foreign Ministry explained that this was the first official meeting of chief negotiators of the six-party talks. and from that point of view it had a significant meaning. S. Korea and the US decided to strengthen their efforts to increase pressure on N. Korea from 3 angles – The U.N. Security Council’s new resolution on N. Korea, independent sanctions from allied nations against N. Korea and pressure from the international community.
Both countries agreed that dialogue with N. Korea does not do anything to help solve the N. Korean nuclear problem especially since N. Korea seems unwilling to engage in denuclearization talks at all. They confirmed that the important thing now is to increase sanctions and pressure so that N. Korea will have no choice except to choose denuclearization.
Kim pointed out that “The unprecedented threat of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles has led to the establishment of the ‘international community vs. N. Korea framework led by S. Korea and the US,” and emphasized that “maintaining a consistent strategy towards North Korea is crucial to make Kim Jong-un realize that regime survival and nuclear weapons are both a matter of choice.”
Yun explained in detail the results of the visit to China including the Strategic Security Dialogue between the US and China and added, “We have clearly communicated the message to China that we are taking a completely different approach to N. Korea’s nuclear problem than from the past.”
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