A US diplomat has reaffirmed Washington's commitment to defend Japan and South Korea from North Korea's nuclear and missile threat.
Daniel Kritenbrink, who serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, made his comments during a speech at a Washington think tank on Monday.
Kritenbrink condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile launches. He said, "These provocative launches are violations of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and they threaten the peace and security of the Indo-Pacific region and the entire international community."
Kritenbrink said US security commitment to Japan and South Korea remains "absolutely ironclad."
He went on say that the US, Japan and South Korea "continue to be in full alignment" on their approach to countering the threat posed by North Korea.
He said, "Our goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
Kritenbrink also called for the resumption of dialogue. He urged Pyongyang "to commit to serious and sustained diplomacy and to refrain from pursuing further destabilizing activities."