Pyongyang claims it is ready for a meeting with Washington.
Choe Son-hui, the Director-general of the North America bureau of North Korea's foreign ministry told reporters in Beijing on Saturday the regime will hold talks with the U.S. "under the right conditions."
She was returning from Norway after meeting with a group of American experts,.. including Robert Einhorn, the U.S. State Department's former special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control.
Choe's response raises the possibility for bilateral contact after months of heightened tensions especially since U.S. President Donald Trump did mention he would be "honored" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if the conditions were right.
When asked whether the reclusive state is preparing to hold talks with the Moon Jae-in administration in South Korea, she said the situation is being observed.