South Korea's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong has said that Seoul will consider easing sanctions against the North IF Pyeongyang resumes dialogue.
During a parliamentary audit session on Wednesday, he said Seoul needs to take some kind of action to prevent the North from developing any more nuclear weapons or missiles.
And added that sanctions relief could be considered as part of the efforts, on the condition that the North accepts the dialogue offer.
This comes hours after Pyeongyang announced that it had successfully fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile.
When asked if U.S. thinks the same, Chung said he believes so as Washington has been making it clear that it will discuss any issues on the negotiating table if the North returns to talks.
The foreign minister also emphasized that the end-of-war declaration, proposed by President Moon Jae-in is the "very first step" and a step that we MUST take in order to restart the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
He said a formal end to the Korean war is a way to build trust and that it will create an atmosphere for dialogue.
Regarding ties with Japan, Chung said President Moon strongly hopes to improve ties between Seoul and Tokyo.
He said the phone call between the President and Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida went "very well" referring to their talks last Friday over compensation for wartime forced labor.
He added that the Foreign Ministry will also do its best to resolve this issue.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.