"If the U.S., not the DPRK, stops such hostile acts as joint military maneuvers and makes a decision to go the other way, it will be possible to resume dialogue and settle many issues," the spokesperson said, quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
According to the foreign ministry, tensions on the Korean peninsula persist due to US hostility towards Pyongyang.
"The evil cycle of tension will persist and dialogue will not be held before the U.S. shows its much-touted sincere ‘will for dialogue’ by stopping the joint military maneuvers," the spokesperson stated.
On Wednesday, the United States and the Republic of Korea initiated a joint military drill to increase logistical war preparedness.
North and South Koreas signed a ceasefire armistice during the 1950-1953 Korean War but have not negotiated or ratified a formal peace yet.