"We hope that the government and people of North Korea will tide over the disaster at an early date and the Chinese side is willing to provide assistance at the request of North Korea," said Lu Kang, China's foreign ministry spokesman.
"We express sympathy to North Korea for the serious drought," he added, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
The news sparked fears that drought would lead to food shortages in a country where memories of the famine in the 1990s are still fresh.
The United States has declined to offer assistance to North Korea. Earlier this week, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that he had no "specific information about the validity of the drought" and was not aware of any US plans to provide food assistance, according to Yonhap.