WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement regarding talks between the United States and North Korea.

“Following the Winter Olympics, North Korea's decision to come to the negotiating table shows promise. However, we must proceed with caution; this is not the first time that the warmongering nation has agreed to talks. Previously the secretive regime used the discussions to extract concessions and buy themselves time to advance their nuclear programs. The United States must stand with our allies and ensure that these proposed talks are not merely a ploy to serve North Korea's interests. The sanctions that we have implemented, including designating the rogue nation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, are working. The pressure felt by the Kim regime is insurmountable- exactly as intended. We must continue to apply this sustained pressure and peacefully end North Korea's nuclear threat.”