Washington announced that there are measures that need to be taken by North Korea to ensure an appropriate environment for the resumption of the six-party talks aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
However according to US State Department Spokesman Philip Crowley at a daily press briefing while there is still much left for Pyeongyang to do to create a productive environment for talks the communist state has undertaken some specific obligations.
Crowley failed to explain what they were in detail but did express concerns over provocations made by the North both recently and over the last several months.
He called on the regime to change its behavior which would indicate that Pyeongyang is ready to resolve the tension over the Cheonan incident by restarting the negotiations involving the two Koreas, China, the US, Japan and Russia.
He also mentioned the upcoming UN General Assembly next month saying it would provide an opportunity for direct talks with all concerning parties.
However he added that the US will continue to make it clear to North Korea that there are steps the isolated regime has to take to create the right environment for progress.
On Thursday China's Foreign Ministry said that its chief nuclear envoy Wu Dawei visited North Korea from Monday to Wednesday and met with high-ranking Pyeongyang officials to hold discussions on the regional situation and mutual concerns including the resumption of the six-party talks and the denuclearization of the reclusive regime.
Wu's three-day trip came ahead of a new round of joint military drills between South Korea and the US slated to be staged in the West Sea early next month.
China has denounced these exercises citing the possibility of increasing the already-heightened tensions between the two Koreas.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.