Despite the restoring of inter-Korean communication lines Tuesday and speculation of a possible summit, Pyongyang has not sent any signs of its intention to denuclearize so far.
After the two Koreas restored key communication lines Tuesday, Seoul signaled its willingness to resume stalled joint projects such as connecting roads and railways.
U.S. Rep. Young Kim said Wednesday the United States is ready to provide humanitarian support, such as coronavirus vaccines, to North Korea, but would like to see a “small sign" of change first.
Despite the North Korean leader's sister throwing cold water on Washington's latest outreach efforts, the U.S. State Department stressed that it still maintains its offer to engage with Pyongyang without preconditions.
Sung Kim, the U.S. nuclear envoy, told President Moon Jae-in that he will do his “utmost to resume dialogue between North Korea and the United States” in a visit to the Blue House Tuesday.
Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, warned Tuesday the United States could be in for great “disappointment” after the White House called Kim Jong-un’s remarks on dialogue and confrontation an “interesting signal.”
The United States hopes that North Korea will respond positively to its offer “to meet anywhere, anytime, without preconditions,” its nuclear envoy said Monday in Seoul.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signaled he is ready for “both dialogue and confrontation” on the eve of a visit by the new U.S. nuclear envoy to Seoul.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there are continued signs of activity at a suspected uranium enrichment facility in North Korea as the UN nuclear watchdog is “intensifying” its readiness to play a role in nuke talks.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged North Korea to return to denuclearization negotiations Monday in London as Washington seeks to engage Pyongyang.