August 1, 2019 / 5:19 PM / 4 months ago

At U.N., Britain, France, Germany urge N.Korea to hold 'meaningful' talks with U.S.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany urged North Korea to engage in “meaningful” talks with the United States and said international sanctions need to be fully enforced until Pyongyang has dismantled its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“We urge North Korea to take concrete steps towards its complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the U.S.,” British U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters, with her French and German counterparts standing beside her.

Pierce spoke after the U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors over North Korea’s latest missile launches.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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