The U.S. is prepared to consider diplomacy with North Korea IF the North works toward denuclearization, reiterating the Biden administration's stance.
Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Washington has "a clear objective as it relates to North Korea, which is denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula."
She also added the U.S. is continuing to enforce sanctions and consulting with its allies.
But she declined to comment on reports this week about activity at a North Korean shipyard which observers note could be a part of preparations for a submarine-launched ballistic missile test.
Also on Wednesday, the Pentagon further reaffirmed that the U.S. goal is still the denuclearization of North Korea.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that the Biden administration is reviewing how to reach that goal and that it will be achieved through close discussions with Seoul.
Kirby said this while highlighting the importance of South Korea-U.S. military exercises.
He said the defense training in South Korea is crucial, stressing that the U.S. has to make sure that the alliance is sound and solid and ready to defend Washington's interests as well as Seoul's on any given day.
When asked about diplomacy with North Korea, Kirby said the Biden administration is still in the review process.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.