The United States has responded to North Korea’s offer of high level talks to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.
A senior US administration official has said the proposal will be discussed in meetings with Japan and South Korea set to take place in Washington in the middle of next week.
The White House has emphasised any talks must involve Pyongyang taking action to show it is moving toward scrapping its nuclear weapons.
North Korea’s request comes just days after it called off plans for talks with South Korea, intended to mend ties between the two countries. The meeting would have been the first in more than two years.
One analyst said North Korea’s desire for dialogue is all part of a game in a bid to get economic aid as UN sanctions are tougher on the country than before.