Senior officials of the United States and South Korea have reaffirmed their cooperation on a bid to resume dialogue with North Korea.
US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met South Korean Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, Noh Kyu-duk in Seoul on Monday.
The two sides exchanged their views on issues, which included the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The talks come as the regular joint military exercises between the two nations are being held despite North Korean opposition.
Following the talks, Noh met reporters, where he announced his readiness to closely monitor the situation surrounding the joint military exercises, which will continue till Thursday.
Kim meanwhile stressed that the US administration led by President Joe Biden attaches importance to cooperating with Seoul when dealing with North Korean issues.
He said the US does not have hostile intent toward the North, and that he continues to stand ready to meet with his North Korean counterparts anywhere, at any time.
Pyongyang has harshly condemned the joint drills, but has yet to take specific countermeasures, prompting the US and South Korean militaries to be on the alert.