Digital Desk, Washington. America is ready to negotiate with North Korea anytime and anywhere. This is what White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, underscoring the urgent need for North Korea’s missile tests to engage with a reclusive state.
North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Tuesday, its eighth missile test so far this year, Yonhap news agency reported. These launches also underscore the urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy, the White House press secretary said in a daily press briefing. Our offer is to meet anytime, anywhere without any preconditions.
“We urge the DPRK to refrain from further provocation and engage in sustained and substantive dialogue,” he said, referring to the official name of North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The State Department previously condemned North Korea’s latest missile test, calling it a violation of several UN Security Council resolutions.
North Korea remains unresponsive to US efforts. It has also stayed away from talks with the US since early 2019. Saki reaffirmed US commitment to working with its allies, reiterating US commitment to protect South Korea and Japan. “Our commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ours,” Saki said, referring to South Korea by its official name.
His remarks came after US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim’s trilateral meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Washington on the day. That’s why we stand ready to engage in diplomacy with North Korea and, of course, to work closely with our allies and partners to take this forward,” the White House press secretary said.