The announcement Tuesday comes days after North Korea successfully tested a powerful new missile that analysts believe could reach Alaska when perfected.
South Korea's left-leaning new leader Moon Jae-In will travel to the U.S. for a summit with President Donald Trump next month, Moon's spokesman said Tuesday, amid high tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions. The agreement came during a meeting in Seoul between the U.S. National Security Council Director for East Asia, Matt Pottinger and Moon's foreign policy adviser, Chung Eui-yong amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
Security was a second issue, underlined by rocket launchings and other militant actions undertaken in North Korea under the direction of its erratic leader, Kim Jong Un.
The Trump administration has called for maximum pressure to be put on North Korea through sanctions and diplomatic activity, while remaining open to negotiations for ridding the country of nuclear weapons.
South Korea's new government joined hands with the U.S. on Tuesday to commit to "bold and practical" ways to denuclearise North Korea, Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
A date and other specifics of the summit are still to be decided, Yoon said. "We also agreed that dialogue with North Korea could happen under the 'right conditions'".
Yoon said Washington and Seoul had agreed to the summit as an opportunity for the two Presidents to build a "personal bond and friendship". Pottinger later told reporters that the countries reaffirmed "desires to get the two leaders together quickly" following a telephone conversation last week that Trump used to invite Moon to the White House.
Meanwhile, the South Korean Navy revealed a United States nuclear-powered aircraft carrier group was to remain in the vicinity indefinitely, while Seoul's defense ministry warned it was ready to carry out a preemptive strike if it detected a missile threat from North Korea.
Moon has said he would be willing to visit the North "in the right circumstances", but also slammed Sunday's launch as a "reckless provocation", saying dialogue would be possible "only if the North changes its attitude".
Moon took office after his predecessor, Park Geun Hye, was removed from power due to a corruption and abuse-of-power scandal.