"We only believe that at least the United States' conditions for selective talks, preliminary talks, have been met based on our consultations so far with the U.S.", the president said while meeting with the leaders of five political parties at his office Cheong Wa Dae.
Earlier this week, a delegation of South Korean envoys, sent by President Moon Jae-in, arrived in Pyongyang for what many have hailed as the possible commencement of actual inter-Korean dialogue, for which the world has been waiting.
The United States formally concluded Tuesday that North Korea murdered Kim Jong Un's half-brother with the banned VX nerve agent, blasting Pyongyang for deploying a chemical weapon in a packed international airport.
Experts reading between the lines, however, believe the North may be falling back on a well-worn position when confronting the United States.
He added that Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in would meet face-to-face at the end of April in the joint security area of Panmunjom.
In 2012, a nuclear freeze-for-food aid agreement blew up when the North abruptly launched a rocket into space in defiance of U.N. resolutions.
President Donald Trump responded with skepticism.
The North could seek "a dialogue for peaceful coexistence" with the US, said Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Dongguk University. "This is putting pressure on the ECB", said Jack McIntyre, portfolio manager at Brandywine Global in Philadelphia.
"It's a good idea for everybody to keep some perspective", a senior White House official said yesterday. And the IC (intelligence community) will continue to do every possible collection and assessment we can relative to the situation in North Korea.
After the Pyongyang trip, Chung's delegation is scheduled to fly to the United States to brief officials about the outcome of the talks with North Korean officials. Now, I don't think that Pyongyang would actually be amenable to giving up all its nukes. In the last two years, the Kim Jong Un government accelerated long-range ballistic missile and nuclear tests, defiantly declared North Korea a nuclear weapons state, and moved closer to developing operational capability to target U.S. mainland cities with a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. As we'll discuss here, the fact that gold is rallying without a sustained fear component is even better for its intermediate-term prospects.
How will it play internally in the North? . And achieving its nuclear aims rests on the North resuming tests of missiles and bombs that set the region on edge.
'This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD (weapons of mass destruction) programme of any kind'.
Tensions have been high between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
Hong reportedly told Moon there could be a huge national catastrophe if the inter-Korean summit turns out to have been the North's scheme to buy time. If Pyongyang overreacts to these maneuvers, that tells us something.
Trump tweeted hours after South Korea's presidential national security director, Chung Eui-yong, released a statement detailing his rare two-day visit to North Korea.
Pictures showed Mr Kim and visitors from the South smiling broadly around a dinner table.
"If dialogue between the South and the North can be held when there are strong international sanctions, and then the dialogue between the North and the U.S. can take place", Moon said.
The State Department announcement said the U.S. had formally determined Feb. 22 that North Korea was responsible for ordering the killing and that the sanctions took effect Monday.
Has this ever happened before?. That agreement unraveled in 2009.
The allies agreed to postpone the annual drills until after the Feb. 9-25 Olympics and the Paralympics, which begin Thursday in the South Korean alpine town of Pyeongchang.
This information was delivered by South Korean envoys who have just spent two days in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang.