The United States says it's waiting for North Korea's response to its (quote) "specific proposals".
Speaking on Thursday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Washington is awaiting some form of outreach from the North.
Regarding negotiations on the regime's nuclear weapons, he said the U.S. is prepared to meet the North without preconditions.
Price added direct diplomacy is the most effective means of achieving its goals in regards to North Korea.
He also stressed the process is not at a standstill, insisting the U.S. is actively engaged with its regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.