Vice President Mike Pence had no meetings with any North Korean delegation during his South Korea Olympics visit, but had such a meeting occurred, he said his message would have been that "North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions".
On Saturday, the North's foreign ministry spokesperson reportedly said that the country is willing to prepare for dialogue with the United States in which the 2 sides discuss and resolve issues of mutual concern on equal footing.
Robert Wood, US disarmament ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, said on Wednesday that there has been a history of a relationship between North Korea and Syria with regard to missile activity, and chemical weapons components.
The statement came days after President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration could enter talks with North Korea, but "only under the right conditions".
North Korea said that the United States had influenced the United Nations Security Council to "cook up the theory of cooperation between North Korea and Syria" in order to impose more sanctions and install a "full-scale sea blockade", and justify an invasion of Syria.
Ivanka Trump leads convoy to South Korea to discuss sanctions after Mike Pence's talks with North Korea are cancelled; Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation provides insight. "There had been no case at all where we sat with the USA on any precondition, and this will be the case in the future, too". Trump has also threatened to use military force if diplomacy fails to end the nuclear crisis.
Both have denied these charges and Russian Federation has previously warned that US military action was "not an option" in dealing with North Korea. It also said that they will be sent to the North as early as this week. "We have full capability and will to confront any option favored by the U.S".
The commentary comes after North Korea's representative to the Conference on Disarmament sponsored by the United Nations declared Pyongyang is ready to respond to any military provocations or sanctions from the U.S.