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State Department: US Ready to Hold Talks With North Korea

State Department: US Ready to Hold Talks With North Korea

The world's largest economy is willing to talk with North Korean leadership even as it continues applying maximum pressure on the rogue state's economy, according to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence told the Axios news outlet in an interview the United States would continue to intensify diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea and that the sanctions would not be lifted until it abandoned its weapons programs.

If the North continues its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, experts said the USA could consider scaling back the scope of its annual military drill with South Korea. Pence told the newspaper that he had conferred with President Donald Trump "every day he was in Asia".

He sent out over Twitter on Tuesday: "Our policy regarding North Korea is unchanged from my trip".

In Wednesday's speech, Pence said the U.S. wants to make sure North Korea understands the USA stance and that if there is an opportunity for talks, President Donald Trump has made it clear he always believes in talking. North Korea's monsters are getting a free pass from the America press just so they can stick a finger in the eye of the Trump administration. And although the top officials from the Trump administration including the secretary for the State department Rex Tillerson have said that they are open to talks with Pyongyang, their boss seems to have taken a more arrogant approach of it's either his way or the high way.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's spokesman told reporters earlier in the day that United States officials had signaled a willingness to negotiate with North Korea during a meeting with South Korea's leader on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics. But it is unlikely that North Korea would come to the negotiating table for its denuclearization. This is important as North Korea has a history of trying to extract money for taking part in summits - for instance in 2000, when the North received $500 million just for showing up to the first Inter-Korean summit, and asked for (but did not receive) $10 billion more for another potential summit.

North Korea's U.N. Mission on Monday called both acts "desperate attempts" by the Trump administration to keep up "its "human rights" racket" against the country. As part of Washington's maximum pressure on Kim Jong Un's regime, the USA has imposed harsh economic sanctions that will deprive North Korea of the resources that it's using as fuel for its weapons program. Kim could respond with new missile tests, sinking any hopes for renewed diplomacy. "[President Trump] has said he "always believes in talking" but there will be NO reward for talks..."

If the dialogue were to happen, it would have to be aimed at denuclearization, she said.

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