The chief U.S. nuclear envoy Sung Kim says Washington is prepared to work with North Korea, regardless of the denuclearization process, to address humanitarian concerns.
He told this to reporters in Tokyo after Tuesday's bilateral talks with his South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk.
Kim said Washington supports the provision of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable North Koreans, consistent with international standards for access and monitoring.
The South Korean envoy Noh also pointed out (quote)"considerable progress" in recent discussions between Seoul and Washington on humanitarian support, underlining that the spadework has been done for cooperation with the regime.
Sung Kim further pledged support for backing (quote)"certain" inter-Korean humanitarian cooperation projects.
Also, during trilateral talks earlier in the day with the South Korean envoy and their Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, Kim reiterated Washington's offer to meet with the regime without preconditions.
But he also underscored America's strong security commitment to South Korea, apparently mindful of the North's cruise missile tests last weekend.
"Recent developments in the DPRK are a reminder of the importance of close communication and cooperation.""
The U.S. envoy further emphasized that the U.S. will have to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions on the North until Pyeongyang gives a positive response.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.