South Korea — North Korea said Monday it is willing to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States in late September, but that Washington must come to the negotiating table with acceptable new proposals.
If the proposals don't satisfy North Korea, dealings between the two countries may come to an end, First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said.
Choe's statement was apparently aimed at pressuring the United States to make concessions when the North Korea-U.S. talks restart.
North Korea is widely believed to want the United States to provide it with security guarantees and extensive relief from U.S.-led sanctions in return for limited denuclearization steps.
There was no immediate U.S. response. But U.S. officials have recently said they are ready to restart talks with North Korea.