15 September 2017

News Story: U.S. not giving up on diplomacy with N. Korea - State Department

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) -- The United States will not give up on using diplomacy to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the State Department said Wednesday.

"Diplomacy, we will not give up on. That is still first and foremost, that is the preferred approach," Heather Nauert, department spokeswoman, said during a briefing with foreign reporters.

She said the department is "realistic" but also "optimistic" that diplomacy will resolve the issue. But if that fails, the Treasury Department can use unilateral sanctions and the Department of Defense has a "portfolio of things they can certainly do."

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