North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (front R) visits the Yuphyong Revolutionary Site, in this undated photo released by North Koreas Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 16, 2013.
(Reuters) North Korea on Sunday offered high-level talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, but the White House said that any talks must involve Pyongyang taking action to show it is moving toward scrapping its nuclear weapons.
In order to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and to achieve regional peace and safety, we propose to hold high-level talks between the DPRK and the United States, said the spokesman for the Norths National Defense Commission in the statement. North Koreas official name is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK).
If the U.S. is truly interested in securing regional peace and safety and easing tensions, it should not mention of preconditions for the talks, the statement said.
The United States will discuss the new offer in meetings with Japan and South Korea in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, a senior administration official said.
People attend a mass rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in this photo released by North Koreas Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 14, 2013.