March 12, 2018 / 10:54 PM / 5 days ago

U.S. optimistic on North Korea meeting, but will keep up pressure: U.S. security adviser

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Monday that Washington is optimistic about an opportunity for President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but is determined to keep up pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize.

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

“We may be able to pursue a diplomatic solution to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. So we’re determined to pursue that course,” McMaster told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council on the development.

“We all agreed that we’re optimistic about this opportunity but we’re determined, we’re determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words matched with deeds and a real progress toward denuclearization,” McMaster said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh

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