U.S. open to improving relations with North Korea

The U.S. is open to improved relations with North Korea if it takes distinct actions to meet international commitments, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Tuesday as part of her daily press briefing. Psaki responded to a question about the abrupt collapse of talks between North Korea and South Korea. Psaki said that whenever the talks take place, the U.S. will continue to coordinate with its allies in the region.

"The reports I saw - maybe you saw something more recent - were that (the talks) were postponed," Psaki said. "We'll see. But we, of course, support improved inter-Korean relations and we will continue close coordination with our allies and partners in the region and are certainly supportive of these efforts."

When asked if there are any signs that North Korea wants to talk one-on-one with the U.S., Psaki said the U.S. would be open to improved relations if North Korea abides by its obligations.

"In terms of North Korea, we're not going to - our position has been the same for quite some time," Psaki said. "We've been very clear that we're open to improved relations with North Korea, if it is willing to take clear actions to meet its international obligations and commitments, including abiding by the 2005 joint statement of the Six-Party Talks."