Meanwhile, in Seoul, South Korea's top nuclear envoy Kim Gunn held talks Thursday morning with his U.S. counterpart Sung Kim to discuss North Korea's new policy under which it says it will launch a preemptive nuclear strike if its leadership is under imminent threat.
And with the North apparently ready to conduct a nuclear test, they agreed to take decisive action in response to any such provocation.
Min Suk-hyen reports.
The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and the U.S. met in Seoul to discuss North Korea's growing nuclear threats.
Kim Gunn, Seoul's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, held talks with the visiting U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, on Thursday.
The talks come amid concerns over North Korea's new law, which allows it to carry out a preemptive nuclear strike when deemed necessary.
In their meeting, the special envoys exchanged views on the newly enacted law and reaffirmed their commitment to take decisive action against North Korean provocations.
In fact, Kim Gunn and his U.S. counterpart both agreed that if North Korea conducts a nuclear test, it will face an unprecedented, decisive response from the international community.
During Thursday's talks, the top nuclear envoys also sought to take a peaceful and diplomatic approach to settle the North Korean nuclear issue, saying they were open to dialogue with the regime.
However, this appears to be quite challenging as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has recently made provocative threats, saying the North will never abandon its nuclear weapons or use them as a bargaining chip in negotiations.
"As long as nuclear weapons remain on earth, imperialism remains and maneuvers by the United States and its followers against our republic are not terminated, our work to strengthen our nuclear force will not cease,"
Intelligence reports show that Pyeongyang has completed all preparations for a seventh nuclear test.
Many worry that such a provocation may heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula as the Yoon Suk-yeol administration has warned of taking stern action in response.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.