US ties any North Korea dialogue to nuclear disarmament:
The United States says any dialogue with North Korea must possess nuclear disarmament as the end goal.
The North indicated on the last day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang it was prepared for talks, according to South Korea.
North Korea has previously said it won’t take any preconditions.
“We will see if Pyongyang’s message… that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization,” the US said.
Reports concerning the North’s willingness to speak to the US emerged following a meeting of its officials with the South Korean president before the Games’ closing ceremony on Sunday.
US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka also attended the ceremony but she’s not expected to with any North Koreans, although she sat a couple of feet from their main envoy, Gen Kim Yong-chol, at the Olympic Stadium.