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United States to maintain engagement in UN climate talks

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The United States has reiterated that it will continue to take part in UN climate talks, starting with COP23 in Bonn presided by Fiji this November.

Last month the U.S. government officially notified the United Nations of its “intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so.”

This is to protect interests and ensure that decisions are not taken that would prejudice U.S future policy, U.S Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton’s told journalists in Apia, reports PACNews.

She said the U.S will maintain its engagement with the Paris Agreement process.

“We haven’t withdrawn yet. We are still working through the details with regard to our status in the Paris Agreement. But what I think the President has said is that the US is going to maintain its engagement with the Paris Agreement process.

“We will maintain our leadership on reduction of greenhouse emissions and other environmental and climate related efforts.

“We have a lot to be very proud of in the U.S as we’ve manage to show that we can reduce greenhouse emission and still keep the economy growing. We’ve reduced emissions considerably over the last 10 years,” said Thornton.