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Davies On Coordinating With Partners


U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Glyn Davies speaks to the media at a hotel in Beijing, China. May 15, 2013.

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies reaffirmed the importance of working together to achieve a denuclearized North Korea.

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies recently concluded a trip to the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan where he reaffirmed the importance of working together with our partners and allies to achieve our shared goal of a denuclearized North Korea.


In Seoul, Ambassador Davies affirmed that the governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea are building on the excellent foundation established during the May 7 summit between President Barack Obama and President Park Gun Hye. “And we will continue in that spirit to work on this challenge and to continue to focus [North Korea’s] attention on the need to live up to [its] obligations and commitments and move back in a diplomatic direction by taking actions to show [its] seriousness of purpose on the denuclearization issue, which is the foundation issue of the Six-Party process and the September 2005 Joint Statement.”

On Beijing, Ambassador Davies noted, “China… has a unique role to play… because it has this very strong, traditional relationship with North Korea, [a] strong economic relationship... China is in a position perhaps more than most to help clarify for North Korea the choices that it faces and to impress upon North Korea the importance of returning to the path of denuclearization.”

While in Tokyo, Ambassador Davies affirmed “the centrality of denuclearization to our collective efforts to engage North Korea on the right terms, in other words, to convince North Korea that it has no choice but to live up to its long-standing commitments and obligations to take steps to abandon nuclear weapons and indeed, to abandon its pursuit of missile technologies.”

“There can't be a comprehensive solution . . . until we find a way collectively to convince North Korea that it has no choice but to live up to its obligations and commitments.”
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