WASHINGTON (CBS) South Korea is proposing talks with North Korea, possibly as soon as next week. The meeting would take place in a border village the two countries share. The offer came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to sending a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The White House is reacting cautiously to news of a possible sit-down.
"We've been very clear about the fact of what our priority is and that's a denuclearized peninsula. And there's nothing new to update on that front," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter, writing, "Sanctions and "other" pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea. Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not - we will see!"
The White House says its official position remains unchanged: the U.S. will not negotiate with North Korea unless Pyongyang is willing to end its nuclear weapons program. Kim Jong Un has repeatedly said that's not an option. In fact, the north has resumed missile activity, appearing to be in the early stages of another launch.
"North Korea can talk with anyone they want, but the U.S. isn't going to recognize it or acknowledge it until they agree to ban the nuclear weapons that they have," said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Pyongyang has yet to respond to South Korea's offer.
The Winter Olympics get underway in South Korea Feb. 9. The games close Feb. 25.