Ventrell: North Korea knows what is required for negotiations

Patrick Ventrell, the acting deputy spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said on Tuesday that North Korean leaders understand what is required of them to make conditions right for negotiations.

Ventrell responded to a recent statement made by North Korea that the country liked the idea of negotiations with the U.S. as long as Pyongyang was not put in a humiliating position.

"They know what they need to do in terms of stopping their provocations and showing a seriousness of purpose, and so they know what's required of them," Ventrell said.

Ventrell also reiterated that North Korea must demonstrate that it is willing to show its commitment to nonproliferation if negotiations are to take place.

"I really don't have much to say beyond what I said here from the podium yesterday, what (Secretary of State John Kerry) said, what the president has now said, that the burden remains on Pyongyang, which needs to take meaningful steps to show that they'll honor their commitments," Ventrell said. "And so they know what they need to do to start showing that."