UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has said the U.S. is open to engaging in diplomatic talks with North Korea.

Pence made the remarks to the Washington Post on the way back from his visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

He said he discussed engagement with the North in conversations with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

However he said the U.S. will maintain its sanctions campaign until the North takes concrete steps toward denuclearization.

North Korea has also indicated its willingness to talk, sending a delegation to the Olympics including leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong.

Kim met with Moon at the presidential residence on Saturday, Feb. 10 and extended an invitation to visit the northern capital Pyongyang.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry later said it will move forward with talks with the North centered on family reunions and easing military tensions.