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U.S. remains focused on denuclearization of N. Korea: Blinken Updated: 2021-02-23 10:02:57 KST

Washington's top diplomat has stressed that the country is concentrating on achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"The United States also remains focused on denuclearization of North Korea and will work closely with allies and partners to address Pyongyang's illicit weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs."

Addressing the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also emphasized Washington's stance on Iran's nuclear development.

"The United States remains committed to ensuring that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon. Diplomacy is the best path to achieve that goal. President Biden has said if Iran comes back into strict compliance with the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal), the United States is prepared to do the same."

He also called for Tehran to comply with its safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its other international obligations.
Such a remark comes as the UN nuclear watchdog announced Sunday that it had reached a deal with Iran to enable its inspectors to have access to verify and monitor nuclear activity in the country for the next three months, which potentially could lay the groundwork for Washington and Tehran to kick-start nuclear talks.
Blinken also highlighted that the U.S. stands ready to engage Russia in discussions on arms control and emerging security issues, while demanding greater transparency regarding China's weapons development programs, which he described as "provocative and dangerous."
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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