The US government confirmed Monday that it intends to initiate dialogue with North Korea as far as its denuclearization is concerned, a US broadcaster reported.
"We remain open to dialogue with the DPRK, with the aim of returning to serious and meaningful negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the US State Department, was cited as saying by Voice of America. DPRK is short for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.
The spokeswoman, however, did not answer a question about whether a "60-day clock," earlier mentioned by the US envoy to North Korea, Joseph Yun, is or not the Department's official stance, the broadcaster said.
On Oct. 30, Yun reportedly told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations that if North Korea halted nuclear and missile testing for about 60 days, that would be the signal Washington needs to resume direct dialogue with Pyongyang.
The spokeswoman repeatedly emphasized that the purpose of any dialogue with the North is in its denuclearization, according to the broadcaster. (Yonhap)