U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the international community Wednesday to maintain pressure on North Korea until it gives up its nuclear weapons program.
Pompeo issued the call in a public speech in London, where he also thanked Britain for its efforts to stop sanctions evasion activities by the North.
"President (Donald) Trump has led tough diplomacy towards the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea. You've supported this," the top U.S. diplomat said. "That mission is important, and the pressure campaign that the world has engaged in must continue. This is an outcome that is imperative for the security of the world."
The U.S. and North Korea have made little progress in their negotiations since a second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February ended without a deal.
In an apparent expressions of frustration over the impasse, North Korea fired multiple short-range projectiles into the East Sea on Saturday.
Pompeo noted that Britain's Royal Navy has deployed to the Pacific to deter illicit ship-to-ship transfers of oil to North Korea.
"This must continue," he said as he thanked Britain.
The U.S. has led an eight-nation coalition to deter the ship-to-ship transfers. The other members are South Korea, Canada, Australia, Britain, France, Japan and New Zealand.(Yonhap)