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U.S. 'ready to be flexible', but urges N. Korea to stop provocations Updated: 2019-12-12 16:36:27 KST

With under three weeks left until North Korea's self-imposed year-end deadline for the United States to come up with a new approach for their denuclearization talks,Washington's envoy to the UN said the Trump administration is "prepared to be flexible" and ready to resume dialogue.

"We recognize the need for a balanced agreement that addresses the concerns of all the parties but we cannot do this alone. North Korea must make this difficult but bold decision to work with us."

But at the same time, the U.S. official upped pressure on North Korea by raising the regime's recent launches.

"These ballistic missile tests, no matter their range, undermine regional security and stability are in a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. These actions also risk closing the door on this opportunity to find a better way for the future."

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Mohamed Khaled Khiari, also expressed concern over North Korea's provocative actionscalling them "deeply troubling."
Russia and China called for reciprocal steps by Washington and Pyeongyang to make progressstressing that UN sanctions should be subject to change step-by-step depending on what North Korea does.

"It is imperative that this council take action and invoke the reversible provisions in the DPRK-related resolution as soon as possible in light of the evolving situation on the peninsula and make necessary adjustments to the sanctions."

Wednesday's Security Council meeting did not adopt any additional sanctions resolution on North Korea or special statement.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.
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