World Politics

US defense secretary urges North Korea to negotiate on denuclearization

Key Points
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday said the United States still sees a political agreement on denuclearization as the best path forward on North Korea, but that American forces remained prepared to fight if necessary.
A man watches a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on July 25, 2019.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday said the United States still sees a political agreement on denuclearization as the best path forward on North Korea, but that American forces remained prepared to fight if necessary.

"We would urge restraint by Kim Jong Un," Esper said in an interview on Fox News.