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Pence to WashPost: Trump Admin Willing to Talk to North Korea

Pence to WashPost: Trump Admin Willing to Talk to North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae In and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. (Kyodo via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:29 PM

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday told the Washington Post the Trump administration is ready to talk to North Korea, a move that comes following some ribbing from South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a meeting the two had at the Winter Olympics.

“The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization,” Pence told reporters on the way home from South Korea. “So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify. But if you want to talk, we’ll talk.”

Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. had risen significantly since Pyongchang amped up its missile program last year, firing 23 missiles during 16 tests in a 10-month span. Its most recent missile in late November flew further and higher than any other previous missile and landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un throughout touted he had the capability of reaching the U.S. with his missiles, and Trump fired back with threats of his own.

Pence told the Post he received assurances from Moon that South Korea wouldn’t offer economic or diplomatic benefits to Kim for just talking, “only for taking concrete steps toward denuclearization.”

“There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear missile program,” Pence said.

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Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday told the Washington Post the Trump administration is ready to talk to North Korea, a move that comes following some ribbing from South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a meeting the two had at the Winter Olympics.
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