The U.S. envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, voiced hope of continuing to explore different options with South Korea to bring the North back to dialogue, including Seoul's proposal of declaring a formal end to the 1950-to-53 Korean War.
He spoke to reporters after meeting with his South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk in Seoul on Sunday.
"I look forward to continuing to work with special representative Noh to explore different ideas and initiatives, including the ROK's end of war proposal as we continue to pursue our shared objectives on the Peninsula."
Reiterating Washington's long-expressed aim of resuming talks with Pyeongyang without preconditions, Kim once again underlined that the U.S. has no hostile intent towards the regime.
He then said he hopes that the North will respond positively to U.S. outreach.
But Kim also urged the North to stop what he called its "provocations" and other destabilizing activities, which he said violate multiple UN Security Council resolutions and pose a threat to the international community.
It was this past week that North Korea test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile.
Kim said further that the U.S. is prepared to work with Pyeongyang to provide humanitarian aid and that Seoul and Washington will continue to pursue common goals and ideas including an end-of-war declaration.
Echoing Kim's call for a resumption of dialogue, the South Korean envoy Noh Kyu-duk said he and Kim discussed various ways to resume the peace process.
That included the end-of-war declaration and humanitarian assistance.
"Special Representative Kim and I had serious and in-depth consultations about the end-of-war proposal, building on our discussions in Washington. We agreed to continue to pursue various ways to engage with the North, including cooperation on humanitarian support and meaningful trust-building measures."
Noh added that he and his counterpart will have additional consultations on North Korea at an early date.
Sunday's talks took place just around a week after they met with their Japanese counterpart in Washington, also with a focus on ways to restart dialogue with the regime.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.