"I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so with the North Koreans," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert explained to reporters Thursday, "When I say 'conversations,' that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email.
US officials — namely Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley — have begun to express their frustration with North Korea's behavior.
Pompeo recently accused North Korea of violating United Nations Security Council resolutions and the deal Kim Jong Un signed in Singapore during a June nuclear summit with Trump, while Bolton insisted that North Korea "has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize.
"If the military confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S. comes to a close with the publication of the war-end declaration, an atmosphere favorable for confidence-building will be provided," North Korean state media explained Thursday, adding that "both sides should make efforts to settle the problems."
When Pompeo last visited North Korea in July, the North criticized the US for its "cancerous" demands, unilateral calls for North Korea's denuclearization without acknowledgement of North Korea's demands.