September 27, 2023

US ready to talk arms control if North Korea ‘picks up phone’: State Department

Under Secretary Bonnie Jenkins says US would even entertain treaty but cautions two sides may see issue differently

The U.S. would welcome a conversation with North Korea about arms control, a top State Department official has said, while cautioning that the two sides may understand arms control and disarmament differently. 

U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins made the comments at the 2022 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington late last week, emphasizing the Biden administration’s frequent refrain that it is willing to talk “any time, any place” with Pyongyang.