North Korea offers peace talks

North Korea has proposed high-level nuclear and security talks with the US in a bid to ease tensions on the peninsula.

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US to hold trilateral talks on North Korea offer

The United States will meet with South Korea and Japan in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss North Korea's new offer to hold high-level nuclear and security talks, a senior administration official has said.

"We will be meeting with our Japanese and South Korean partners in a trilateral setting and this will be one of the subjects for discussion," the official said.

White House open to talks with North Korea

The White House said the US was open to talks with North Korea but added that the country must live up to its UN obligations.

The US has "opened lines of communication" with North Korea but will judge the country by its actions and not its words, the White House added.

North Korea had earlier proposed high level talks with the US, just days after cancelling a meeting with South Korea officials.

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North Korea proposes talks with US to ease tensions

North Korea has proposed high-level nuclear and security talks with the US in a bid to ease tensions on the peninsula - days after it cancelled a planned meeting with South Korean officials.

The North Korea National Defence Commission said the Obama administration can choose a date and location for talks and they can discuss a range of issues, but no preconditions should be attached, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The Korean Central News Agency released this photo in March claiming the North had conducted a military drill. Credit: YONHAP/AAP/Press Association Images

A spokesman said in a statement: "In order to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and to achieve regional peace and safety, we propose to hold high-level talks between the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] and the United States.

"If the US is truly interested in securing regional peace and safety and easing tensions, it should not mention of preconditions for the talks".

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