US urges North Korea to begin 'serious negotiation'

US Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a trilateral meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se of South Korea and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida of Japan, September 18, 2016, in New YorkUS Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged North Korea to freeze its nuclear program as a first step toward starting serious negotiations with the United States and the world about its future. Speaking at a meeting with the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers, Kerry said the United States remains “deeply committed” to mutual defense and to “rolling back the provocative, reckless behavior” of North Korea. The United States is ready to hold talks with Pyongyang to discuss peace on the Korean peninsula, ending North Korea’s isolation and economic development if it agrees to denuclearization, he said.

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