US ready to raise pressure on N Korea, open to talks

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The United States is prepared to “ratchet up” pressure on North Korea after its latest provocations but remains open to talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
“It is still possible we will ratchet up (the pressure) even more depending on the actions of the DPRK (North Korea),” Kerry told reporters after a G7 meeting in Hiroshima. “But we have made it clear… we are prepared to negotiate a peace treaty” on the Korean peninsula, he said, repeating that such a move would depend on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

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