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US To Tighten North Korea Economic Sanctions, Diplomatic Pressure

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The U.S. Government has declared that it aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with its allies and regional partners.

President Donald Trump's strategy was announced by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Wednesday after a special briefing for Members of Congress about a thorough review of U.S. policy pertaining to North Korea.

They said in a joint statement that Washington is engaging responsible members of the international community to increase pressure on Pyongyang in order to convince the Kim Jong Un regime to de-escalate and return to the path of dialogue. "We will maintain our close coordination and cooperation with our Allies, especially the Republic of Korea and Japan, as we work together to preserve stability and prosperity in the region".

While expressing the U.S. Government's willingness to hold negotiations seeking stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, they made it cear that the United States "remain prepared to defend ourselves and our Allies."

The Secretaries and the Intelligence Chief noted that past efforts have failed to halt North Korea's unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests. "With each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our Allies and the U.S. homeland."

North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority, they added.

Upon assuming office, President Trump had ordered a thorough review of U.S. policy towards North Korea. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford also joined Tillerson, Mattis and Coats in briefing all 100 senators on the review.

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