Pentagon Official: U.S. to Keep Pressure on North Korea as Trump-Kim Meeting on Edge

By Edwin Mora

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. intends to maintain military pressure on North Korea to ensure America engages the Kim Jong-un regime from a “position of strength” to achieve significant steps towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a top Pentagon official indicated on Tuesday.

Echoing the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Randall Schriver, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, made those assertions in written testimony prepared for a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific Policy.

The remarks from the U.S. officials came as state-owned media in North Korea threatened to cancel American President Donald Trump’s June 12 nuclear summit with Kim as a response to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

Both Schriver and U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty stressed that America would keep up military pressure against North Korea until the United States achieves significant steps towards the “complete” denuclearization.

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